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  1. June 20, 2014

    Cash-rich Vivendi abandons the wild years

    ...summer. Days later, it sold most of its majority stake in Activision Blizzard, the Californian gaming company, for $8.2bn. Most recently...In theory, Vivendi wants to be a media company but it sold Activision Blizzard and yet held on to GVT,” says Mr Aspesi... By Adam Thomson in Paris

  2. May 25, 2014

    Talk of $1bn YouTube pitch for Twitch as video games come of age

    ...Entertainment, the makers of World of Warcraft. Call of Duty: One of the few console titles popular in professional gaming, Activision’s realistic wartime shooting game CoD is also one of the most lucrative with a $1m prize pool at March’s championship... By Tim Bradshaw in San Francisco

  3. May 7, 2014

    Tech sell-off targets heavyweights

    ...surged 21 per cent to $33.95. The gains came after the Californian company’s latest results topped forecasts. Rival Activision Blizzard, best known for its Call of Duty franchise, joined in the rally after its quarterly profits also swept past expectations... By Richard Blackden in New York

  1. April 20, 2014

    Toys: tough puzzle

    ...The child-friendly tablets from the likes of Leapfrog and Vtech are one example. And there is the Skylanders range from Activision Blizzard, which enables players to use real world toys in digital games. All a far cry from Snakes and Ladders. Email the...

  2. March 7, 2014

    Microsoft brings out giant robots in battle for console dominance

    ...with its parent company and publisher Activision. Call of Duty’s annual releases...of Titanfall Game publishers EA and Activision’s recent results have shown sales of...sees the developer switch publishers to Activision’s arch rival Electronic Arts. Cowen... By Tim Bradshaw in San Francisco

  3. February 25, 2014

    Vivendi hit by fierce French price war

    ...entertainment businesses. Last year, the group sold off a large chunk of its holding in California-based games company Activision Blizzard, for $8.2bn. It is also completing the €4.2bn sale of its stake in Maroc Telecom. By Adam Thomson in Paris

  4. January 26, 2014

    Nintendo: Wii need to talk about consoles

    ...success. The industry is dominated by dedicated start-ups like Supercell, King and Rovio. Established games makers such as Activision Blizzard have struggled. Perhaps Nintendo can play two games at once. Plug into app stores with simple time-wasting games...

  5. November 15, 2013

    PS4 and Xbox One take on mobiles in battle for future of gaming

    ...console game developers such as EA, Activision and Ubisoft, these are tense times. Each has...do not sell well. But Bobby Kotick, Activision Blizzard’s chief executive, believes...consumers were hesitating before buying Activision’s best-selling titles such as... By Tim Bradshaw in San Francisco

  6. November 14, 2013

    Vivendi faces challenge to keep evolving

    ...domination. The disposals, which include its 53 per cent stake in Maroc Telecom for €4.2bn and most of its majority stake in Activision Blizzard, the Californian gaming company, for $8.2bn, are part of efforts to pay down the company’s large net debt... By Adam Thomson in Paris

  7. November 5, 2013

    Vivendi / Telefónica: dealing a better hand

    ...matters – such as in Brazil’s likely market consolidation. For Vivendi, Tuesday’s deal follows on from the recent Activision sale, taking it closer to a demerger of its French telecoms operations (SFR) and media assets. M&A has lifted Europe...

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