GameBlurb writes, "The gaming giant publisher behind Call of Duty and Diablo III may just be sent off to have a new home."
I wonder what investment group will buy the publisher
I hope they go off to a better place, anything would be better than having ol' Bobby as your boss.
I don't think the bosses change unless the new investor (that is if they do get sold) decides that he isn't fit for the job.
Well majority investors/shareholders have quite a lot of say in what goes down, so if someone does decided to buy them out like this, I hope it's someone who knows what they're doing.
huh? are you 12?
Hmm, interesting that they are selling off one of the biggest franchises. Unless they are being smart and getting it sold before an inevitable collapse. Someday CoD will go the way of Rock Band and Guitar Hero. Its the yearly rehashes that make the money but also make it a tired product in the eyes of many consumers.
So even Activision has a company it answers to?? Dang, rough life.
Whoever buys them out, please fire Bobby Kotick! Thanks.
Blizzard should split from activision and then cancel the RMAH for diablo 3.
Not to mention how blizzard ever since the Activision deal have started offering vanity pets/mounts in WoW for absurd prices.. half the retail cost of a game for a cool looking mount.. that's got Kotick's stench all over that one.
I honestly think it's a smart move tbh.. I think call of duty is starting to go noticeably downhill, Blizzard's reputation amongst gamers has taken a huge dive after some of their choices with Diablo 3 and the new Panda expansion has been met with a very mixed reception. Now would be the perfect time to cash in on Activision Blizzard's success. @araman Yup plus Activision have shown with Guitar Hero and the Tony Hawk series a complete lack of initiative in how to evolve their successful franchises. What else do they even have now outside of Blizzard and COD that's even noteworthy? That toy/game crossover thing and the spiderman license? Struggling to think of any others.
Much agreed. The whole lot of their franchises has grown stale and old feeling. Even Diablo 3 felt that way and they just seem way too comfortable with the status quo. The preteen and teenage gamers who started with CoD and WoW are getting older now and tastes will be changing and they will need to evolve. I don't think they have it in them to do so under a guy like Kotick.
I gotta disagree that Blizz has had a declining reputation. WoW is such a strange thing now that it isn't really relevant anymore. I'm sure they're still making plenty of money on that, though. Also, Diablo III sold 3.5 million copies in its first 24 hours. I'd say that's a pretty positive response. Even Activision isn't exactly a mixed bag. Sure Tony Hawk and Guitar hero are pretty much dead in the water, but that "toy/game crossover thing" also known as skylanders sold a FUCKING BOAT-LOAD of copies, and CoD sells like hotcakes no matter how much people complain about it.
The idea is to "SELL HIGH". From what I understand, WoW is starting to lose subs, and the whole landscape for MMO's is changing. People are moaning loudly about COD being overused and being "Guitar Of Duty" and whatnot. For the parent company, VIVENDI, Activision-Blizzard is not going to get better than they already are and they have made alot of money on it already. So for a Corp like Vivendi, the idea is to sell them when their value has peaked. That's the basic premise. Has nothing really to do with quality, not really.
MS should pick them up.
that would be really interesting.
I can see Phil Spencer telling BK to shut the hell up or even Phils boss buying Activision, that would be crazy.
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