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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.

46. Re: Blizzard and the LA TImes Sep 3, 2003, 14:41 eunichron
I see one difference there, Bungie wasn't really a big name company at the time. They had a few titles under their belt (I enjoyed Oni), but nothing blockbuster.

My ex-fanboiness is going to show through now, but a lot of people here don't know how Blizzard is set up. They don't have just one team. They have at least three. There are two at Blizzard, and one at Blizzard North (possibly two at BN, there were rumors about a year ago that they split into two). One Blizzard team up to now has only made the RTS games, StarCraft and WarCraft. The other was a team hired and built from scratch specifically for WoW. The BN team does Diablo. All of the teams interact and give input, but games don't rise and fall depending on the entire company. So the three guys leaving probably won't have as much an effect on the rest as some people think (except Bill Roper, he's dreamy %)). That was kind of proven a couple years ago when two key guys left Blizzard during WarCraft 3's development and formed Arena.Net.

So I'm weary to jump on the doomsday bandwagon. Unless EA buys them, I think Blizzard still has quite a bit left in them to produce some more triple A titles.

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