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Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers

There's more on recent rumors that Vivendi SA is considering selling off its stake in Activision Blizzard on Reuters, where they say that the French telecom giant had decided it will divest itself of the gaming unit. The report indicates that they are gauging interest from those with suitably deep pocketbooks: "Although a formal process has not started, bankers close to Vivendi are sounding out cash-rich trade players, including China's Tencent and U.S. duo Time Warner and Microsoft, as well as private-equity heavyweights KKR, Providence and Blackstone, banking sources said." Reuters got no comment responses about this from Microsoft and Time Warner. Thanks VG247.

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9. Re: Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers Jul 11, 2012, 12:20 SimplyMonk
 
Time Warner picking up Acti-Blizz I don't think would change the playing field all that much. Time Warner has been making incremental studio purchases for awhile and their success has been decent with the whole Batman line. Nothing stellar. Picking up Acti-Blizz would make them a major player obviously.

Microsoft picking up Acti-Blizz has a lot more interesting potential. Although they might remain their own distinct element for a couple of years and just be business as usual, the possibilities that could arise from them acquiring Acti-Blizz's IPs are endless. Exclusivity is always in question but I would be curious to see if B.Net got merged with XBL in some fashion or a new spawn service would be born.

Not saying any of this would be better or worst. Just interesting.
 
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