Microsoft Could Buy 60 Per Cent Of Activision, Call Of Duty – Report
Call of Duty publisher Activision could be mostly-owned by Microsoft in future if rumoured interest from the latter turns into a sale.
Reuters reports that French congolomerate Vivendi is seeking to sell it’s
60 per cent stake in Activision and is shopping around the majority share to companies such as Chinese game firm Tencent, Time Warner and Microsoft.
The sale could raise up to $10 billion for Vivendi – Microsoft has declined to comment on the reports.
Meanwhile, a banking source told the newswire that Microsoft will strongly consider owning Activision’s gaming franchises such as World of Warcraft and Call of Duty.
“They probably don’t want to distract themselves too much, but they are the ones who, if they want to stay in games, would think about owning some of these big franchises, not just providing the consoles.”
Such a mov could benefit Microsoft’s PC gaming business as well as Xbox 360 – whether Call of Duty would become an Xbox-exclusive should such a move go ahead remains to be seen.