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Vivendi Games
Former type Public
Fate Merged with Activision
Successor Activision Blizzard (Activision)
Founded 1993 (as Universal Interactive Studios)
2002 (as Vivendi Universal Games)
2006 (as Vivendi Games)
Defunct 2008 (Merged with Activision)
Headquarters United States Los Angeles, California
France Paris, France
Industry Video game industry
Products Sierra Entertainment:
Crash Bandicoot
Spyro the Dragon
King's Quest
Space Quest
Leisure Suit Larry
Gabriel Knight
SWAT
Blizzard Entertainment:
Warcraft series
StarCraft series
Diablo series
Revenue $1.018 billion USD (2007)
Employees 3,400
Parent FranceVivendi
Subsidiaries United States Sierra Entertainment
United States Blizzard Entertainment

Vivendi Games, formerly known as Vivendi Universal Games, was the holdings company for Sierra Entertainment and Blizzard Entertainment. Vivendi Games was founded as Vivendi Universal Games after Vivendi bought Universal Studios in the early 2000s. Before then, Vivendi Universal Games was known as Universal Interactive Studios.

Vivendi Games was a 100% subsidiary of Vivendi SA . Headed by Bruce Hack, it was headquartered in Los Angeles, California and employed over 3,400 people at 4 separate development divisions. Vivendi Games owned the rights to such popular franchises as Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo and World of Warcraft (all games developed by Blizzard Entertainment) as well as others like Empire Earth, Leisure Suit Larry, Ground Control and Tribes and Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon owned by Sierra Entertainment. It is now merged with Activision and is known as Activision Blizzard.

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History

The history of Vivendi Games begins in February 1996, when CUC International, a large mail order and subscription company, offered to acquire entertainment software developer Sierra Entertainment. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, Sierra was the leading developer and publisher of computer games and was famous for its adventure game series such as King's Quest, Gabriel Knight, Space Quest, and Leisure Suit Larry. Sierra was a public company, which employed roughly 1,000 employees at 12 different acquired studios. CUC offered to absorb Sierra's stock shares at a price roughly 90% higher than what Sierra was trading, and on July 24th 1996, Sierra became a wholly owned subsidiary of CUC.

At the same time, CUC also approached Davidson & Associates, a leading publisher and distributor of educational software, with an offer of a similar stock swap. Headquartered in Torrance, California, Davidson was famous for its Math Blaster series, and also for Warcraft and Diablo. While mainly a game publisher, Davidson also had a major in-house developer in the form of Blizzard Entertainment, which Davidson had acquired in 1994, and employed over 800 employees as of February 1996. Davidson was also a public company, founded and headed by Bob Davidson, who acted as CEO, and also by Jan Davidson, who acted as President.

After acquiring these companies, CUC quickly integrated these two new divisions into the main CUC organization by announcing in September 1996 the creation of CUC Software, a holding company which would consolidate the finance, distribution, manufacturing, accounting, sales, R&D and overall management of CUC's software companies.

Soon after its creation, CUC Software acquired in January 1997 Knowledge Adventure, a leading developer of educational software, famous for its JumpStart series of child oriented programs. CUC also acquired Gryphon Software, another educational software company. Davidson & Associates and Gryphon were then absorbed into Knowledge Adventure, and Blizzard Entertainment was made a separate division of CUC Software. In 1997, CUC Software also acquired Berkeley Systems, a California-based developer famous for its You Don't Know Jack series, and integrated Berkeley Systems into Sierra On-Line.

CUC then merged with a hotel, real-estate, and car-rental franchiser called HFS Corporation to form Cendant in 1997. In 1998 it became apparent that CUC had engaged in accounting fraud for years before the merger; Cendant's stock lost 80% of its value over the next six months in the ensuing widely discussed accounting scandal. The company sold its consumer software operations, which included Sierra and Blizzard, to French publisher Havas in 1998, the same year Havas was purchased by Vivendi. In June 2000, Vivendi acquired Seagram (owner of Universal Studios) to become Vivendi Universal and Universal's video game division, Universal Interactive, was renamed Vivendi Universal Games in 2002. In 2004, Vivendi Univeral Games sold one of its divisions, Knowledge Adventure to a group of private investors.

When parent company Vivendi Universal dropped the "Universal" in its name in 2006 to simply become Vivendi SA, Vivendi Universal Games followed suit and became Vivendi Games. Unlike Vivendi Universal Games, Vivendi Games never published any video game under its own name.

In 2006, Vivendi Games created a new mobile division Vivendi Games Mobile, which was promised to begin publishing and distributing games in 2006 through mobile carriers and portals.

In December 2007 it was announced that Vivendi Games would merge with games publisher Activision, forming Activision Blizzard. In July of 2008, the merger went active. Activision Blizzard, the new moniker for the company, now operates the games division of Vivendi SA.[1] /* History */ In 2009 Moderator Tony (from Gb/Hb forums) was honored at the Wordwide Bot Awards for his great contribution to World of Warcraft,the prize was awarded by the CEO of Vivendi

Divisions

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Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment is a world-renowned development studio best known for creating the series Warcraft (including World of Warcraft), Diablo and StarCraft. World of Warcraft, one of the most popular MMORPG games, has currently over 11 million subscribers.[2]

Sierra Entertainment

Sierra Entertainment creates and publishes software for consoles, handheld gaming devices and personal computers. Sierra Entertainment features a portfolio of titles, including F.E.A.R., Scarface, and Ice Age, based on original intellectual property and popular licenses from industry-leading content partners.

Operating out of Los Angeles, California, Sierra employs over 700 people in development and has four wholly owned studios providing creative talents and development capabilities across multiple gaming genres: High Moon Studios, Radical Entertainment, Swordfish Studios and Massive Entertainment. With the merge of Activision and Vivendi Games, Sierra Entertainment was closed down and both Swordfish Studios and Massive Entertainment have been sold off.

Sierra Online

Sierra Online, a newly created division, focuses on developing and publishing high quality short and mid-session casual online games for PC, Xbox Live Arcade and a range of other platforms.

Sierra Online’s titles include Assault Heroes, an award-winning game for Xbox Live Arcade, and FreeStyle Street Basketball, an online PC game from leading Korean developer JC Entertainment, Inc.

The division is also developing a variety of other Xbox Live Arcade and PC online games targeting the mass market.

Universal Interactive Studios

The former studio owned by Universal Studios before being sold to Vivendi. Universal Interactive Studios was known for publishing and distributing Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon games. Around 2001, Universal Interactive Studios name was shortened to Universal Interactive. After 2002, Universal Interactive was known as Vivendi Universal Games.

Vivendi Games Mobile

Vivendi Games Mobile, a newly formed division, creates and publishes games for the worldwide mobile market. The division publishes games based on original intellectual property, popular entertainment licenses and classic Sierra Entertainment intellectual property games which are distributed by more than 90 operators and dozens of Web portals in more than 60 countries.

Vivendi Games Mobile has launched a number of award-winning titles, including SWAT Force which was named “Best Wireless Game of the Year” by Spike TV in December 2006.

Vivendi Mobile Games is ceasing operations. This is to be completed early in 2009.

Executive management

René Pénisson, Chairman, Vivendi Games

Bruce Hack, CEO, Vivendi Games

Pascal Brochier, President, Global Retail

Cindy Cook, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer

Terri Durham, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Global General Counsel

Jean-François Grollemund, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mark Halacy, Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources

Divisional management

Michael Morhaime, President, Blizzard Entertainment

Martin Tremblay, President Worldwide Studios, Sierra Entertainment

Al Simone, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing Sierra Entertainment

Ed Zobrist. President, Sierra Online

Paul Maglione, President, Vivendi Games Mobile

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Vivendi Universal
Founded 1853
Located Lyon, France
Website http://example.com/

Often shortened to just Vivendi, the company began in 1853 as a water provider for Lyon. Since then it has had its highs and lows and has specialised in waste management, energy, transport services, and construction and property. It expanded rapidly in the 1990s but lost a lot of its money and stakes in other companies.

In 2000 there became a new division called Vivendi Universal Entertainment after selling off its water and waste management business. It then relocated its headquarters to Paris and finally dropped the "Universal" of its name in 2006. Currently it owns assets in large music companies, film companies and electronics companies.

Vivendi Games, whom Vivedi own 99% of, deals with there gaming division. It owns franchises such as World Of Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft and recently acquired the rights for Crash Bandicoot. In 2006 Vivendi created a new mobile division called Vivendi Games Mobile and other studios it owns include Blizzard Entertainment and Sierra Entertainment.

Assets

There is a chain of companies/divisions that Vivendi owns. As it is an electronics company, only gaming companies have been included on this diagram.

Vivendi (Universal/SA)
Vivendi (Universal) Games
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard North
Sierra Entertainment
High Moon Studios
Massive Entertainment
Radical Entertainment
Swordfish Studios
Sierra Online
Vivendi Games Mobile

Subcategories

This category has the following 2 subcategories, out of 2 total.

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Pages in category "Vivendi Universal"

The following 14 pages are in this category, out of 14 total.

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  • Half-Life 2: Episode One
  • Half-Life: Decay

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  • Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis

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  • Metal Arms: Glitch in the System

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  • Predator: Concrete Jungle

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  • Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy
  • Spyro: Enter the Dragonfly

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  • Tribes: Vengeance

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