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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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43. Re: Vivendi Seeking Activision Buyers Jul 11, 2012, 15:45 ASeven
 
SimplyMonk wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 15:29:
ASeven wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 15:07:
So yeah, it is an article full of bias, it's a bloody opinion piece.

I'll ignore the fact that you linked the opinion article when making an argument, but I did read the Verge article and didn't find it much better in terms of objectivity. They did at least have a sizable data to back up their statements, but in the end they are still building an opinion based model and their comparisons to the movie industry are accurate in some respects, but don't go far enough.

The reason I linked it is that his conclusions, regardless of bias, are reached through common sense. Regardless of bias his conclusions on to why he thinks this will happen are sound.

SimplyMonk wrote on Jul 11, 2012, 15:29:
Filmmakers can save money by cutting scenes and getting creative with locations, but by-and-large, the cost of making of a movie is relatively fixed.

That is a horrible inaccurate statement, but ignoring that, it is at the end of the article he isn't saying the AAA market is going to die. He is saying it will continue to push for more profits via DLC/Cash-Shops and you'll be paying more out of pocket for it.

Well, of course you are. With CGI, AAA movies started a ton more to make. Did people stop making AAA films? No. They raised ticket prices. They expanded their markets. They started selling "extended-cuts" or "behind-the-scenes" crap to raise DVD prices. They started selling bundles. They found ways to take more of your money that really didn't cost them much.

AAA video games will do the exact same thing and too be honest... I don't really see what is wrong with that. Its a business and an art form. Just like film. The Verge article is good to compare the VG Industry to the Film Industry, but it isn't saying a bubble is going to burst here. It is just saying things are going to change.

Did you get to read the other 5-6 pieces about the industry? Even so, the article does point out things that are objective and provable like the insane rising development costs that cut into the profit margins.

Then again, you have to remember this is gaming journalism. Which is to say, it's not journalism at all but more opinions and/or shills. Even so that Verge article is rather decent compared to the standards of gaming journalism, hence the reason I linked it and the opinion piece that draws conclusions from it.
 
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