Jeff Green interviewed Blizzard President Mike Morhaime to clarify any doubts surrounding the Activision Blizzard merger announced today, early Sunday. Morhaime wishes fans to calm down. The Blizzard logo and packaging of their games will remain intact the same way it has been with VUGames. Activision Blizzard will take care of the finances and distribution side of business, while Blizzard Entertainment will have sovereignity over game development decisions with no pressure on release date for each of their games.
1UP: Okay, so tell us in your words what happened here today.
Morhaine: So in a nutshell, Vivendi announced earlier today that they're going to be taking a majority stake in Activision. They'll be injecting the Vivendi Games assets into the company, including Blizzard, and forming a new company called Activision Blizzard. When you look at Activision and Vivendi Games you see very complementary businesses. Activision has a great track record in console gaming, and Blizzard is the number one PC publisher and online game publisher. We're very excited about it. But the main thing you should know is that everybody involved is very respectful of the business that we've built at Blizzard--and we feel the same way about Activision. The Blizzard brand will continue as you've always known it, there will be no changes to that, and will still be under the same operating structure.