Activision-Vivendi's Game-Changing Deal
The $18.9 billion tieup between Activision (ATVI) and Vivendi (VIV.PA) is numbingly complex in its structure, but the motivations behind it are simple: Video game publishers want to bulk up to cover the rising costs of developing games, which can easily soar to tens of millions of dollars. And increasingly, game companies are tying their fortunes to trendy online, multiplayer games such as the popular fantasy title World of Warcraft—developed by Vivendi's Blizzard Entertainment—which has 9.3 million subscribers and will be owned and operated by the new venture.
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