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Will the Activision/Vivendi merger ruin my games?

3rd Dec, 2007

The industry is still shaking from the earthquake announcement of Vivendi and Activision's merger today, but gamers themselves are going to have a lot of questions too. Both companies hold their fair share of much-loved franchises, several of which have extremely radid fanbases, so worry is going to be high as to what the deal is really going to mean.

It seems accepted human 'wisdom' that any change is a change for the worse, and in gaming anyalteration in the corporate status quo is immediately assumed to spell death for our favourite titles. But is that necessarily true in the case of Activision Blizzard's creation? Probably not. Probably not at all.

Sit down, take a breath, shake the plaster dust off your shoulders, and we'll address your fears.

Long-time GR+ writer Dave has been gaming with immense dedication ever since he failed dismally at some '80s arcade racer on a childhood day at the seaside (due to being too small to reach the controls without help). These days he's an enigmatic blend of beard-stroking narrative discussion and hard-hitting Psycho Crushers.