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EU approves Vivendi and Activision deal
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - French telecom and media group Vivendi won permission from the European Commission on Wednesday to merge its videogame unit with Activision Inc in a $9.85 billion deal.
The complex deal will give Vivendi a 52 percent stake in a new industry giant called Activision Blizzard with annual revenue of $3.8 billion, rivaling that of Electronic Arts Inc, the world's biggest independent game publisher.
The Commission said for "all categories of game software, the combined firm would continue to face several strong, effective competitors, such as Electronic Arts, and the game console manufacturers, such as Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft."
Activision is riding high on the success of games such as "Guitar Hero," "Call of Duty" and "Tony Hawk" but has lacked an offering in the online role-playing area, dominated by "World of Warcraft" from Vivendi's Blizzard Entertainment.
New Fan Art - Draenei Shaman
Darkly appealing, a champion of nature, the Draenei Shaman, is our latest submission from talented artist Lier. You can take a look at this amazing piece and view our previous fan art pieces in the Gallery.