Activision and Blizzard Merge

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Sure to be one of the largest stories of the year, third-party publishing giant and World of Warcraft producing Blizzard has become one. They’ll be known as (wait for it) Activision Blizzard.

The deal is worth $18.8 billion. Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick will take the top spot, and is a very, very rich man. Imagine having 9 million World of Warcraft subscriptions on your paycheck. The official press release can be found here.

It’s incredible to see how far Activision has come. Formed in 1979 by disgruntled Atari employees, they’ve now become one of the largest third party companies in the industry. That’s one amazing ride.