VUGames President Phil O’Neill claims that the business growth and recovery of Vivendi Universal, after the uncertainty in the past few years, is due to the success of Blizzard and World of Warcraft. Read more details at the following GamesIndustry.Biz Article
I think the results of that recovery are now really moving into what in ‘05 can be characterised as a growth year - and I would tell you that the real engine behind that growth is Blizzard Entertainment and World of Warcraft.
Well, two things. One is that I would politely disagree with your assessment - I’m not sure Blizzard is the jewel in the crown. I would suggest that it’s the crown. Blizzard is the crown; we have some nice rings and bracelets and other pieces of jewellery inherent in the company, but Blizzard, without a doubt, from a commercial standpoint and a creative standpoint, is the crown of Vivendi-Universal Games and from a go-forward standpoint, will clearly be the engine that drives Vivendi-Universal Games’ success.