Vivendi and Activision merge to form Activision Blizzard

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It’s no secret that Vivendi has been trying to sell its gaming division for years. Now, in a surprising Sunday statement, Business Wire is reporting that Activision and Vivendi have announced they are merging to form Activision Blizzard, unquestionably the largest third-party video game publisher in the world. Gaming series falling under Activision Blizzard’s umbrella include Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Guitar Hero, Warcraft, and Diablo. Blizzard has a helpful FAQ on their web site assuring fans that the merger will not affect their games, management, or day-to-day operations in any way. Though, the chances of seeing some Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftan songs as downloadable content for Guitar Hero III just increased exponentially.

This merger is huge and no doubt leaves EA and Ubisoft execs shaking in their boots. If little ol’ Eidos allegedly has the power to get a Gamespot editor fired, we shudder to think of the pull Activision Blizzard will have. Hopefully it’s enough, from the Activision side of the things, at least, to finally get some of Vivendi’s games on Steam. We get it, Vivendi, you don’t like Valve. Now stop holding your grudge so we can buy games without leaving our homes.