ActivisionBlizzard Press Release
ActivisionBlizzard issued a press release recently announcing that they've bought 429 million shares from parent company Vivendi for $5.8 billion. This way ActivisionBlizzard has become an independant company. Vivendi is left with 12% of all shares. The majority of shares are owned by the public.
Another part of the press release shows that World of Warcraft's subscribers have decreased to 7.7 million the last quarter, a drop of 600 000. More information will be given at the next earnings call on August 2nd.
Community Commentary: The Potential of Loot 2.0
MrMonstrosity's topic has been featured on Battle.net! What better way for Blizzard to acknowledge that they appreciate what the community is doing in order to help Diablo 3 evolve. To top it off Archon has also posted a video where he talks about MrMonstrosity's post.
In this thread, MrMonstrosity discusses what he would like to see from future itemization updates, covering such topics as drop rates, high-end crafting, how to generate more excitement when a Legendary drops, collection rewards, and more. He also provides some wonderful mock-ups to assist with conveying these ideas, engaging readers not only on a theoretical level, but on a visual one as well.
We're interested in hearing your feedback on this subject, so please be sure to leave a comment in this blog or hop into one of the threads linked above!
Curse Weekly Roundup
In this week's roundup Jess talks about a new company formed by ex-Blizzard executives, Curse moving into console gaming, PS3 headsets supported for PS4, tons of DLC for Borderlands 2, EA lawsuit concerning the Madden games and a list of the launch titles for PS4!
Vivendi never had any involvement in the development of Blizzard's titles. This changes nothing.
Not directly, perhaps. But you never know if the higher ups at Vivendi calls for faster development, more sales, etc. which prompts Blizzard higher ups to call for sped up development, etc. which prompts the game directors and producers to call for more...
You get the idea. Chain reaction. Who knows, we don't work there.