Featured Articles

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

Intel's 5th Core processor family, codenamed Broadwell, will launch in three lines for the mobile segment. We are talking about upcoming…

More...
Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Google's Chromebook OS should be updating automatically every six weeks, but Intel doesn't come close with its hardware refresh schedule.

More...
New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

Rumours involving upcoming Nexus devices are nothing uncommon, but this year there is a fair bit of confusion, especially on the…

More...
Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

As expected and reported earlier, Nvidia has now officially announced its newest Shield device, the new 8-inch Shield Tablet. While the…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Thursday, 12 July 2012 07:46

Vivendi might sell stake in Activision Blizzard

Written by David Stellmack



Is it possible Microsoft would want the 60% stake?


Sources claim that Vivendi has instructed a bank that Vivendi works with to see what the possibilities are for selling its 60 percent stake in Activision Blizzard. While discussions are informal at this point, big companies that are cash rich will likely be asked about their interest in such a purchase. If successful, it is projected that the media conglomerate could raise as much as $10 billion dollars, which is money that company could really use.

Of course, the first company that apparently would have at least some interest (according to the analysts that we spoke with) might be none other than Microsoft. While no one is confirming that Microsoft has been approached, it would be a fit that could be better than other alternatives should Microsoft want to do it.

An analyst that we spoke with also offered the following comment, “60% control of one of the major software publishers like an Activision-Blizzard could be very attractive to Microsoft with the upcoming release of its next generation console. It could be a very interesting purchase by Microsoft that could change the landscape in the next big round of console wars, but it is hard to say if they would want to be deeper into the entertainment software publishing business after the company purged a number of developers from the Microsoft Studio ranks.”

Other possibilities could be Time Warner or China’s Tencent, which are each cash rich enough to be able to pull off such as deal. While Vivendi has not apparently decided anything yet, it is exploring the options. However, it does seem that if Vivendi’s cash need is as great as many suggest, then this might be one of the best options for it.

blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments