Rumour: Microsoft in frame to buy Activision majority share

By Stace Harman, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 14:50 GMT

Potential buyers for Vivendi’s 60 percent share of Activision Blizzard include Microsoft, Time Warner and Tencent, news source Reuters has reported.

Media corporation Vivendi has apparently started “testing the appetite” of potential buyers for part or all of its 60 percent share of Activision Blizzard.

The sale process has not yet officially begun, but bankers close to Vivendi are said to be sounding out cash buyers including the likes of Chinese company Tencent as well as Time Warner and Microsoft.

“It’s nothing official yet, but they’ve asked a bank to go and talk to possible buyers for Activision,” said a source close to the Vivendi board.

A sale by Vivendi could supposedly help raise up to $10 billion to shore up its share price. Reuters reported that both Microsoft and Time Warner declined to comment on a possible buy-out.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.




  • Analyst predicts Funcom stock will triple leading up to The Secret World's release

    Last summer, stock prices in Funcom were sitting at 5,20 NOK on the Norwegian Stock Exchange, but as of March 2012, stock in the firm has risen substantially to 20,30 NOK in March 2012. Due to the rise in prices, analysts predict continued growth when The Secret World releases in June.

  • Zynga lowers valuation to $7 billion ahead of initial public offering

    Zynga is seeking a $7 billion valuation for its initial public offering, which is down $10 billion from previous reports, with analysts agreeing the firm’s initial valuation was too ambitious and that the company should wait until it releases its Q4 financials. Sources state the firm will announce a price on December 15 and that […]

Time Warner