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Blizzard's Stormy Future

Blizzard game studio in lull of uncertainty is a Seattle Times article (thanks HomeLAN Fed) on the uncertain future faced by Blizzard in light of efforts by Vivendi Universal to sell the games unit of which it is a part. They describe the recent departure of some of the company's mainstays, quote Blizzard's president Mike Morhaime as saying "we don't even know if we're part of the assets being sold," and offer the following perspective on Blizzard's place in VUGames' scheme of things:

Blizzard is a key piece of Vivendi's video and computer games business, which had sales last year of $750 million, about 11 percent of Vivendi's 2002 revenue. Although Blizzard has released just one new title this year an expansion to "Warcraft III" it accounts for 25 percent of Vivendi Universal Games' worldwide revenue.

Vivendi Universal Games also includes Universal Interactive, Fox Interactive, Sierra Entertainment and Knowledge Adventure.

Early on, Vivendi hoped to sell the entire games unit for $2 billion, but analysts said the price has fallen to about $800 million. Even so, there haven't been any offers, despite flirtations with game publisher Electronic Arts and Microsoft.

21. Re: How it went down. Sep 3, 2003, 00:27 Creston
Aiiieee! No, please, no... can you say "X-Box Exclusives"...?

Not to be rude Jeff, but what is Starcraft : Ghost then, according to you? Alright, it will also be released on the PSX2, woohoo. PC gameplayers, the people that put Blizzard on the fucking map won't ever get to play it.

Actually, I'm 100% convinced that Blizzard is going the way of Origin. They've released their last single player / multiplayer title, will release World of Warcraft, and then just live off the money generated by that title. Maybe they'll make some expansions for it, but that's probably it.

All the personnel Blizzard has been hiring is definitely indicating that : Human Resource Managers, Game Masters, Community Managers etc. All people that have fuck all to do with developing games, but that you need (apparently) in order to run a MMORPG.

Because, where are Blizzard's other titles? When was the last time that Blizzard was only working on one title? Even when Warcraft Adventures was canned, they had an announcement of the next title within a very short period. And now? Frozen Throne's been out for yonks, Ghost is fully in the hands of Nihilistic, and all Blizzard seems to be working on is World of Warcraft.

I just look at it all and see Origin all over.

My guess is that they'll have a lot easier time selling the whole shit once WoW gets a few hundred thousand registered customers for $16.99 a month.


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