The European Commission has given permission to the games division of French telecom and media group, Vivendi, to run free into the arms of Activision. This is one of the final loose ends left in the $9.85 billion deal spawning the behemoth known as Activision Blizzard
(or by its street name: Actilizzard? Blizzavision?). Vivendi will procure a 52% stake in the EA
rival and is expected to have annual revenue of $3.8 billion.
The Commission essentially needed to approve that there weren't any antitrust
issues in the mega-merger. In its report the group stated that there are several effective competitors in the market, such as EA and the game console manufacturers. Guess it's time to start ordering the office stationary.