Blizzard co-founder: Activision merger is “cool,” unimposing

By Patrick Garratt
26 September 2008 10:59 GMT


Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce has said the monster-developer’s merger with Activision is “cool” from a business perspective and has affected each side’s money men rather than their game-creators.

“I think from a corporate family perspective it’s cool, right? The leadership of Activision has a lot of experience in the industry,” he told VG247.

“You know, there’s definitely lots of opportunities for us to learn from them and them to learn from us. They also recognise the value of what we’ve achieved and how we’ve achieved it, and they don’t want to impose anything on us, so it’s really up to us to figure if or how we want to leverage their experience, and up to them to determine if or how they want to leverage our experience.”

Pearce added that games like StarCraft II had been unaffected by the merger, with development continuing as planned.

“The StarCraft II team operates pretty independently and autonomously, and nothing related to the Activision merger really affected that,” he said.

“The type of folks at Blizzard that are affected by the merger are people working in finance, human resources and stuff like that. Development teams aren’t affected, really.”

Pearce was speaking at Games Convention in Germany. There’s still no date on StarCraft II.

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