Activision Blizzard Deal Passed by Shareholders

Although the deal was originally announced in December, Activision shareholders have finally given approval today to merge with French telecommunications and media group Vivendi SA's games unit, Blizzard, creating a public company called Activision Blizzard. 92% of shares voted were in favor of the merger, which is expected to close on July 9. The deal gives Vivendi, creator of "World of Warcraft," a 52% ownership stake in the new company that would have annual revenue of $3.8 billion and more heft to take on Electronic Arts, the world's biggest independent game publisher.

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I hope that activision finishes starcraft ghost. do it with the cod4 engine if they want. The premise of the game I thought was very good when it first came out, I think blizzard just let WOW overwhelm everything else.

From the article i see Vivendi/Blizzard having a majority control and Activision will prolly just be the sole publisher for all of Blizzards games, thats all.

Nothing to spazz out about people.

(spacer said @ #2)
I swear if this merger makes SC2 or D3 end up being crap, I will go on a murderous rampage.

I doubt this change has any effect at all on Blizzard's games. Blizzard's game studios will still remain the same and Activion's studios will stay where they are now. Mostly just a name change I think.

(Dhalamar said @ #2.1)
I doubt this change has any effect at all on Blizzard's games. Blizzard's game studios will still remain the same and Activion's studios will stay where they are now. Mostly just a name change I think.

Well, if it's just a name change, then you're right. It won't make a difference. I just hope the merger doesn't cause a significant change in their management or staff, because that is what could ruin things.

From the WoW homepage:

While this transition doesn't impact our games, websites, personnel, day-to-day operations, or development philosophies, the combined resources of Activision Blizzard will make it easier than ever for us to deliver the best games possible to our players around the world. For more information, please check out our Activision Blizzard FAQ.