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Activision shareholders approve Vivendi deal

Activision’s shareholders have agreed by majority to approve a ‘merger’ with Vivendi Games. The deal between the two video game giants will see the formation of new publishing superpower Activision Blizzard, and was first announced in December. 92 per cent of Activision’s shareholders approved to deal, which is expected to …

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US PC CHART: EA dominates rankings

Electronic Arts has taken the top three sots in the latest weekly US PC chart, according to data from the NPD Group. The firm’s Spore Creature Creator debuts at No.1, whilst The Sims 2: IKEA Home Stuff Expansion pack takes second spot. The firm’s The Sims 2 Double Deluxe nestles …

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New Warcraft book on the way

Titan Books has obtained the rights from DC Comics to publish a graphical novel set in Azeroth in the UK and Ireland. The title has been written by Walt Simonson, who previously penned comics Elric and Orion. According to CVG, the story follows a human who is washed up on …

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Vivendi Q1 games sales drop 24% year-on-year

A tough comparison to last year – when Blizzard’s World Of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade was released – has left Vivendi Games’ revenue for its first fiscal quarter down 24 per cent year-on year. The division’s full revenue for the quarter ended March 31st, 2008 was €221 million ($341.5 m) …

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Riccitiello: Casual saving soft PC market

Electronic Arts boss John Riccitiello has stuck the knife into the state of PC gaming – but backed the casual sector to strengthen the format. Riccitiello said that the figures suggesting the PC market was slowing didn’t take into account the success of microstransaction and subscription models. However, he added …

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Chinas The9 buys into Korean developer

Chinese online game operator The9 has acquired a minority stake in Korean developer G10 in exchange for an investment of approximately $38 million. G10 is best known for Audition, a hugely popular online title in Korea and China. The9 owns the licence for titles such as World Of Warcraft and …

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CHINA: Warcraft hits one million unique users

World of Warcraft enjoyed a record peak of one million simultaneous users in China last month, according to publisher The9. The figure was the title’s highest ‘concurrency’ since its commercial launch back in June 2005, and came after the territory’s release of expansion pack The Burning Crusade, in September last …

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$1bn MMO still couldnt touch Warcraft, says Activision

Chief executive of Activision Bobby Kotick believes that even if a publishing rival was to invest $1 billion on a new MMO franchise, they would still struggle to take on Blizzard’s World Of Warcraft. Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology Investment Symposium 2008 conference, Kotick said: "[Blizzard] has probably half …

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Vivendi Games revenues hit 1bn

Vivendi Games has revealed that its revenues reached a record €1,018 million in 2007, a rise of 26.6 per cent on the previous year. Blizzard Entertainment’s revenues took up most of this whopping total, coming in at €814 million – up 58 per cent. The media giant’s Sierra Entertainment, Sierra …

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