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Originally posted by Jemcrystal
lmao. +1 at this
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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.
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?
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
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)
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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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Bad News for the haters out there but The WoW killing seems to of been averted.