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The next WoW-killer?

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  • ArakaziArakazi OxfordPosts: 889Member
    It's not as bad as it sounds as Blizzard itself is pretty profitable. It won't be wiped of the face of the earth even if Vivendi goes bust, it will be sold or bought out in that event. As long as it is making profits, Blizzard is in no danger. In addition, although Vivendi can drain money away from the holding company, they will only take the "excess", that is the money Blizzard doesn't actually need to operate. Although it may impact future projects if they are seen to be risky, it won't kill wow and shouldn't really impact on the game. However, my view is that it would be better for both parties if someone else bought Activision Blizzard. Vivendi can reduce it's absurd debt, Blizzard can operate and work on future projects without Vivendi being a drag on its finances.
  • JemcrystalJemcrystal Champaign, ILPosts: 1,548Member Uncommon


  • free2playfree2play Toronto, ONPosts: 1,868Member Uncommon
    I've seen companies burn incorporation numbers. The reason Blizz made Vivendi was so the lawyers couldn't touch their golden goose. WoW is still the only thing that can kill WoW.
  • EpicentEpicent Pierre Part, LAPosts: 647Member
    Originally posted by Jemcrystal

    lmao. +1 at this

  • Beatnik59Beatnik59 Chicago, ILPosts: 2,224Member Uncommon
    If this does "kill" WoW, it would simply reiterate the trend in high-profile game closures: politics, not lack of profitability, kills games.

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  • KonfessKonfess Dallas, TXPosts: 949Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Betaguy
    Is this the real reason behind Blizzard adding Microtransaction shop to WoW and is that why Titan was really put on hold?

    Yes.  The date that A/B would have to start paying dividends to Vivendi was written into the A/B buy out contract.  This came as no surprise to the heads of A/B.   A/B has ~4.6B - 3B(Vivendi dividend) - 1.7B(Tax bill) + ~1.2B (yearly net income) = ~1B in their accounts.  The real question, does Vivendi come after that next.  I expect they will.

    One more math lesson:

    A/B makes 5.01B

    cost of doing business 1.82B

    Gross profits 3.19B

    Net profits 1.19B

    A/B aren't going anywhere soon.  If the Net Profits go away, they will cut the cost of doing business.  And there goes development.

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  • BasedvilleBasedville Around The World, PAPosts: 8Member
    Fixed.

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  • Prenho2Prenho2 AracajuPosts: 9Member
    The next WoW killer is WOW itself. It is going worse and worse.
  • expressoexpresso mePosts: 2,183Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Betaguy
    Is this the real reason behind Blizzard adding Microtransaction shop to WoW and is that why Titan was really put on hold?

    Microtransactions have been in WOW for several years already, all they have done is move it in game and add a new type of item.  As to Titan it was never really announced, we knew very little about it and what we did know needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, how can you put on hold, cancelled or redo a game that never existed?

  • ReklawReklaw Am.Posts: 6,474Member Uncommon

    First thought when reading the topic tittle....oh noes what game is it now.......

    Yet OP actually provided something intresting which a wasn't aware of. Thanks OP

  • MMOExposedMMOExposed lalal land, DCPosts: 6,255Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Volkon

    Well... this could get interesting... 

     

    "All the newspapers and websites are abuzz with news of Vivendi and its plans to extract an insane amount of money from Activision Blizzard. The sum will turn out to be more than A/B actually has and will throw the gaming company into debt."...

    I say this for all other members on this site.

     

    WHAT THE FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!x(1/0)

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  • MMOExposedMMOExposed lalal land, DCPosts: 6,255Member Uncommon
    How will this effect Titan? thats the question. Reminds me of what happen to War40k!

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  • Lord.BachusLord.Bachus Den HelderPosts: 9,064Member Uncommon

    Sad days are ahead, bloody french ruining a perfectly healthy company...

     

    The strong point of being owned by Vivendi is that they never interfered with Activision/Blizard buiseness. 

     

    But now, well, this might be the end, i somehow hope someone wants to buy this part of their company, I would guess either Microsoft or Apple would be very very much interested in this company.  Adding all these great games to the Xbox one, or finally making OSX the gaming platform it could have been..

     

    But then going single platform, might not be a wise decision for Activision/blizards revenue and maybe just as lethal for them as being part of Vivendi

     

    If someone wants to buy them, they need a whole large pile of money, and chances are Vivendi, pulling the money out of the company anyway, before selling the shell

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  • BladestromBladestrom edinburghPosts: 4,941Member Uncommon
    3 billion in reserve, now we know where the lack of investment in wow went, revolting. Maybe a company that loves Wow and is less greedy will buy it- could be a blessing in disguise for wow fans.

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  • DeniZgDeniZg ZagrebPosts: 669Member Uncommon

    Well, worst case scenario, Titan will go the way of Starcraft Ghost and WoW will get big Cash shop instead of new (or good) expansions. So, basically, nothing that we haven't seen coming from a mile away.

  • nariusseldonnariusseldon santa clara, CAPosts: 22,441Member
    Originally posted by MMOExposed
    How will this effect Titan? thats the question. Reminds me of what happen to War40k!

    Titan is effectively dead. Didn't you read that Blizz is going back to the drawing board. Even if they keep the codename, it will be a very different game. It may not even be a MMO.

     

  • BadOrbBadOrb ManchesterPosts: 791Member Uncommon

    Well Vivendi might get $5.5 billion from the sale of Maroc Telecom , just found this article and that board meeting seems to be today and not yesterday some confusion there.

    http://www.ventures-africa.com/2013/07/etisalat-poised-for-vivendi-stake-in-maroc-telecom/

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  • JaedorJaedor Denver, COPosts: 1,140Member Uncommon

    I'm sure within the company this is not news. And I'm guessing they've been salting away cash for some time against the day the agreement expired. But taking a huge chunk of cash plus the huge tax bite means nearly all of the stash is wiped out. What happens after that is more interesting.

  • jdnycjdnyc Long Island City, NYPosts: 1,696Member
    Originally posted by BadOrb

    Well Vivendi might get $5.5 billion from the sale of Maroc Telecom , just found this article and that board meeting seems to be today and not yesterday some confusion there.

    http://www.ventures-africa.com/2013/07/etisalat-poised-for-vivendi-stake-in-maroc-telecom/

    Cheers,

    BadOrb.

    Maybe someone will buy the offer, but honestly the company is drowning in debt.  Interested parties would be better off to sit back and watch the carnage, then pick up the pieces after parent company files for bankruptcy.

     

  • anaximeanaxime Buford, GAPosts: 14Member

    Okay all you negative nancy's, how about we get a positive spin on this bad boy. In a perfect world scenario we'll end up seeing this headline, "Billionaire with passion for gaming buys Vivendi out of A/B in agreement to work with Blizzard on changing the direction of their games". And boom, there we have it, WoW's not dead, it's being revived by some random billionaire that spends all his time playing the game and actually understands whats wrong with it, and see's the mechanics that need to be fixed.

     

     

    Disclosure- This is never going to happen, so lets put the poor game out of its misery and let it die.

  • DrakynnDrakynn The Pas, MBPosts: 2,030Member
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