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  1. #61
    Disney is more likely to outright buy all of atvi than Blizz

  2. #62
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmatrix View Post
    6. What business tries to please China, Chinese companies can't even please China some days. They hand control of the Chinese offices to a Chinese group so they don't have to deal with a cranky government every other month.
    It's quite the irony, as the attempts to pander to China sometimes end up backfiring despite how far companies may bend over backwards to appease them. Can be for any number of reasons, as you have to navigate the equivalent of a bureaucratic nightmare regardless of how you approach the pandering. For example, Marvel/Disney has been getting denied penetration with their more recent content despite pandering attempts. Shang Chi is a prime example of a film that was marketed and designed around what I'd call an Americanized view of China, but has been getting denied for reasons ranging from the content being offensive (politically/culturally) or too stereotyped even for their standards and individuals involved with the project saying things that don't mesh with the CCP's views. Basically, China isn't dumb and knows their position of power while knowing how blatant the pandering actually is to where they can be picky. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if you suddenly saw a huge increase in Bollywood-type representation in Marvel/Disney content, as they'll just shift over to India next.

    When it comes to Blizz... no, no sign of prepping Blizz for sale at all. What you're seeing Blizz do right now is akin to what Disney/Marvel does to pander to specific demos because they think it'll make them some gains or score political/social points to help improve their situation. It's all still heavily misguided, as their focus still appears to be way more centered on money and virtue signaling, frankly way more than it realistically needs to be under any circumstance that could gain a positive benefit (no matter how minute it may be). What you're seeing in all these companies is the result of not having core fundamental values or morality, as their actions show they're selling their souls with no sight of values/morality being a driving force in their decisions. If you want the definition of a soulless corporate machine with no guiding principles of morality, these companies are the epitome of such things right now.
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  3. #63
    Quote Originally Posted by XDurionX View Post
    Activision can't sell Blizzard, because they don't own them.
    People are meaning "Activision-Blizzard" when they say "Activision", usually. This is because Activision-Blizzard's management team came from the pre-merger Activision.

    Anyway, at the rate things are going in a few years it won't be Disney buying Blizzard, it will be Gamego.
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  4. #64
    Overwatch is Blizzard's XXX franchise... not exactly a Disney ripoff lol

  5. #65
    I'd rather EA or even Dreamhaven bought Blizzard or at least their properties. Just fold the company and fire all of the woke morons running it, and put the properties in the hands of passionate people with business sense.

  6. #66
    Doubt anyone would buy blizzard in the state it's in atm.
    Do you hear the voices too?

  7. #67
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    Disney has been on a IP buying spree for quite a while and while they perhaps are not interested in running a game studio, they could easily milk Blizzard's IP portfolio for a multitude of products ranging from movies to toys and theme park attractions.

    The thing with Blizzard is that although it's a huge company on it's own, it has always been under the ownership or affiliation of another company as long as it gets it's autonomy to do it's thing. Being acquired by yet another company every few years is not really unusual. But due to the current scandal, it might have lost a lot of it's luster to any investor squeamish about media backlash.

    Then again Disney and the likes also have legions of lawyers and PR specialists to spin anything until it's just at the right angle to pass the firewall of media scrutiny without much damage. The suites at Activision and Disney could easily wait a year or two till this all blows over and then turn it around into a "industry redemption story".

    My magic imp ball says Blizzard will have it's main focus in scrubbing it's image while popular request crumbs to it's fans to keep the cash flowing. Shiny Mounts and maybe player housing are the 'conceptual teats' of choice to give the fans a fix in the meanwhile.



  8. #68
    So if we get a "Escape the Lich King" experience/ride like in Halls of Reflection, I'm down. Or a "Spine of Deathwing" roller coaster ride.

    The Jailer is basically Thanos... he's collecting the Infinity Stones Covenant Sigils to attain ultimate power. Then all he needs to do is simply snap his fingers, then *poof* there goes 50% of WoW's subscribers.

    All of this time we thought Blizzard was hard at work on our games. As it turns out, they were just hard at work.

  9. #69
    Quote Originally Posted by Cracked View Post
    I can see it. The question is why would Disney want it at this point. 5 years ago it probably would have been an attractive acquisition, with building out a Warcraft / Starcraft / Diablo section in their theme parks. Now? I think they realize the brand hit that Blizzard took, it's pretty damn damaged, plus Blizzard franchises are not attractive to young gamers, which means the brand is worth even less.
    Ah yes. A freakish alien, satanic, and a mix of the two with a magical twist theme park would be nice at a park made primarily for the ages 6-13.

    Anyways... Theres a warcraft park in china if it still around. Though, its unlicensed. Basically, atvi dont get any revenue from it

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    Quote Originally Posted by RefinedMadness View Post
    Disney has been on a IP buying spree for quite a while and while they perhaps are not interested in running a game studio, they could easily milk Blizzard's IP portfolio for a multitude of products ranging from movies to toys and theme park attractions.

    The thing with Blizzard is that although it's a huge company on it's own, it has always been under the ownership or affiliation of another company as long as it gets it's autonomy to do it's thing. Being acquired by yet another company every few years is not really unusual. But due to the current scandal, it might have lost a lot of it's luster to any investor squeamish about media backlash.

    Then again Disney and the likes also have legions of lawyers and PR specialists to spin anything until it's just at the right angle to pass the firewall of media scrutiny without much damage. The suites at Activision and Disney could easily wait a year or two till this all blows over and then turn it around into a "industry redemption story".

    My magic imp ball says Blizzard will have it's main focus in scrubbing it's image while popular request crumbs to it's fans to keep the cash flowing. Shiny Mounts and maybe player housing are the 'conceptual teats' of choice to give the fans a fix in the meanwhile.
    If anything, they’ll buy the movie rights.
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  10. #70
    Disney Princess Garrosh


  11. #71
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    If Disney were to buy Blizzard, it definitely won’t be before the fallout from their lawsuits settles properly.

  12. #72
    Quote Originally Posted by Daedius View Post
    Disney Princess Garrosh
    Thanks! I hate it.
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  13. #73
    Quote Originally Posted by Mask View Post
    An Overwatch map has the template for it, even. This means the design work is already done, they just need a place to break ground.
    I am very in favor of blizzard world becoming a real thing

  14. #74
    Quote Originally Posted by Xath View Post
    I am very in favor of blizzard world becoming a real thing
    With the prices we can see in-game at Goldshire Studios, I'd rather not. Don't remember if we can see prices for things in Blizz World or not.
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  15. #75
    Quote Originally Posted by Xath View Post
    I am very in favor of blizzard world becoming a real thing
    Murlocs for everyone!
    The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

  16. #76
    Activisions business model is buying studios milking them for all their work then closing them. Why on earth would they consider selling them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soon-TM View Post
    With the way the story is being handled in WoW, I would have thought that Blizzard would end up being sold to Marvel or something like that
    I want you to Google who owns Marvel.
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    yeh but lava is just very hot water

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltrusDisc View Post
    I want you to Google who owns Marvel.
    Yeah, I had forgot about it when I was typing my previous post. It's just that WoW these days is a lot closer to Marvel than it is to Disney 'proper' (i.e. the likes of Mickey Mouse).

  19. #79
    Quote Originally Posted by Afrospinach View Post
    Murlocs for everyone!
    Dude murloc hats hell yeah

  20. #80
    I like "CHINA" being a core tenant of Disney compatability lol. But anyway past that wit, just because it is compatible doesn't mean it's a thing. It'd probably be a valuable acquisition, but that doesn't mean it is going to happen or there's any signs it will. Many things could happen that do not.

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