Gaming News: Activision Blizzard Separates From Vivendi

Written by Callum Shephard Sunday, 13 October 2013

Gaming News

After a several week court case dealing with objections to the deal, video game publisher/developer Activision Blizzard has now completed its separation from Vivendi SA.

Despite long plans and many millions of dollars put into buying shares to achieve the separation, the plan by the heads of Activision and Vivendi was put on hold following objections by shareholders. The specific shareholder in question, Douglas Hayes, opposed the lack of any option to vote upon the decision and as it would make those directing the companies involved “unjustly rich”. Despite this, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the exchange and the separation has now been completed.

As expected, Vivendi SA has dropped to having an approximately twelve percent stake in the company. Over one hundred million shares under its control were transferred to an investment group headed by Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick, giving them an approximately twenty-five percent majority ownership of the company.

Following this Kotick made an announcement in which he declared the move to be a “new chapter in the history of Activision Blizzard”. Further stating that Our audiences and our incredibly talented employees around the world will benefit from a focused commitment to the creation of great games.” and Our shareholders and debt holders will have the benefit of an energized, invested, deeply committed management team focused on generating long-term, superior returns, and effectively managing our capital structure.”

Even with more control over its direction it is currently known what, if any, major changes this shift in power within Activision will bring about.

Share your comments below or on Twitter @STARBURST_MAG

Find your local Starburst Magazine stockist HERE, or buy direct from us HERE. Our issues are also available as iPad editions, and can be downloaded via Apple HERE.


Suggested Articles:
One of the most hotly-anticipated video games for many genre fans right now is Gun Media’s upcomin
Hot new game The City of Kings is live on Kickstarter! A Cooperative Adventure for 1 - 4 Heroes, ar
We have some exciting news about a new game - Lander. In the year 2192, the GCC Intrepid was launch
James Martin at Silk Hat Games has announced a new board game that will debut at UK Games Expo in Ju
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code

Sign up today!