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PlanetSide 2, Blizzard, Activision, Warhammer 40K and more! - The Weekly Loot Ep. 62
Activision Blizzard CEO, Bobby Kotick, has just lead an investor buyout from the majority stakeholders for over 8 billion dollars. One of the most successful publishers of our time, publishing smash-hit titles such as World of Warcraft and Call of Duty, is soon to become an independent company after purchasing 611 shares from major stakeholders, Vivendi.
"These transactions together represent a tremendous opportunity for Activision Blizzard and all its shareholders, including Vivendi. We should emerge even stronger-an independent company with a best-in-class franchise portfolio and the focus and flexibility to drive long-term shareholder value and expand our leadership position as one of the world's most important entertainment companies. The transactions announced today will allow us to take advantage of attractive financing markets while still retaining more than $3 billion cash on hand to preserve financial stability."
"Our successful combination with Blizzard Entertainment five years ago brought together some of the best creative and business talent in the industry and some of the most beloved entertainment franchises in the world, including Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. Since that time, we have generated over $5.4 billion in operating cash flow and returned more than $4 billion of that to shareholders via buybacks and dividends. We are grateful for Vivendi's partnership through this period, and we look forward to their continued support."
The same investment group also has ties with Chinese developer Tencent, the team behind the upcoming Monster Hunter Online. Some are even speculating that this buyout could be another string to the bow of those hoping Monster Hunter Online will release in the West.
Eight of The Most Memorable MMO Dungeons Ever Designed
Dungeons are a staple of the MMO genre; large-scale challenges requiring co-operation and co-ordination between anywhere from five to a few hundred players to adequately complete. Of course, not all are created equal, and some stand head and shoulders above their peers. Today, I'd like to tip my hat to those few legends, those instances that'll stick with us for years to come as shining examples of how to do dungeons right.
Ten Of The Best MMORPG Songs Ever Heard
In many ways, an MMO is only as good as its music. Many of the best and most memorable moments in an MMO invariably have a song associated with them; a piece of music which brings the memories flooding back the moment it reaches one's ears. Today, I'd like to pay homage to some of those songs - and some of those moments. Here, for your listening pleasure (and in no particular order, I assure you) is a list of some of the best songs ever heard in an MMO.
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen, Shroud of the Avatar, WoW and more! | The Weekly Loot Ep 84
The Weekly Loot is MMO Attack's Weekly MMO and MMORPG News Show hosted by Kirk! Watch for a chance to win a $20 Steam Gift Card!
World Of Warcraft Secure Accounts Compromised
World of Warcraft players have been warned about account security following the outbreak of a new trojan that can steal login information even when using the authenticator.
Would You Buy An Annual Pass For World Of Warcraft?
A new email survey has been sent out to current and past World of Warcraft subscribers asking for feedback on the upcoming annual pass feature.
Christmas Eve In The MMO World
Christmas is in full swing but if you find yourself struggling for entertainment this festive season we've comprised a list of the most exciting Christmas events in the biggest MMO's of today.
Marvel Heroes 2.0, Warlords of Draenor, Warframe and more! | The Daily XP November 11th
Your Daily MMO and MMORPG News for Monday October 11th. Today Nicole discusses Marvel Heroes, Warframe and Warlords of Draenal.
Warlords Of Draenor Announced At Blizzcon
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Blizzard Not Considering WoW Free-To-Play
World of Warcraft has been on a slow decline for some time and after talks earlier this month revealed a 100,000 drop in subscribers, many were expecting a free-to-play announcement at this years Blizzcon.
DCUO On Next Gen, Blizzard Wins Suit, Merc Elite and more! | The Daily XP October 22nd
Your Daily MMO and MMORPG News for Tuesday October 22nd. Today Mark discusses DC Universe Online, Blizzard and Bigpoint's Merc Elite.