It’s no secret Vivendi has been looking to sell their 61% holdings in Activision Blizzard. News broke last week about this, and today we’ve learned that the French media conglomerate has hired a bank to look for potential buyers of the $10 billion stock. So who could afford pick up the thriving videogame publisher? Analysts seem to think Microsoft, Time Warner and Tencent (Huge Chinese conglomerate).
$10 billion is a lot of money, even for all of these companies, but the reason why Microsoft seems such a perfect fit is because of the extreme boost having Call of Duty as an exclusive franchise would be. Already many consider the series a 360 exclusive, but having it be true is something else entirely. Also, everyone knows that Blizzard is the most successful PC-exclusive developer in the world, and since Microsoft just so happens to be the world’s largest software supplier with Windows, having Blizzard support only future versions of Windows is very enticing. Just imagine the one-two punch this would be not only for the Xbox brand, but also for Windows-based PCs.
At this point in time all we know is that Vivendi is looking for potential buyers, but we have no clue who will actually end up with the company. What say you?