Activision Blizzard, Inc., headquartered in Santa Monica, California, U.S. is the holding company for Activision, Blizzard Entertainment and Sierra Entertainment.
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The company was formed as a result of the merger between Activision and Vivendi Games, another games developer and publisher, in December 2007. The deal finally closed on July 9, 2008. The total transaction was an estimated $18.9 billion with Vivendi as the majority shareholder in the company, having 52% stake. Brian Kelly is the present chairman of the company, with Robert Kotick as the President and CEO.
One of the first companies to introduce LAN gaming, Activision Blizzard allowed its users to play games with friends without the need to be online.
Activision Blizzard is responsible for creating addictive games that keeps the users bounded. They are the successful owners of franchises like Call of Duty, Diablo, Warcraft and StarCraft. They turned the classic Warcraft games into the best-selling World of Warcraft, a Massive Multiplayer Online game. War of Warcraft, most popular role playing game online, that charges monthly fee for its online subscription, made them really big.