Moving on from talk of Valve, as trying to push against the Reality Distortion Field tends to depress me after a while, I thought I'd shed some light as to why Activision is trying to split from Vivendi, and why it does indeed affect business as usual. Vivendi, due to several poor choices over the years, is looking down the barrell of a $17.3 billion debt that it's looking to offload. As part of their plan to get their house in order, there's apparently been talk of Vivendi forcing a $3 billion divident payout from Activision
. Clearly there are those in Activision who think this would be a frequent thing, especially if Vivendi can't turn its other operations around. Bobby Kotick and Brian Kelly are looking to save their company from being sucked dry by their irresponsible "benefactors," which is why they came up with this deal. In exchange for some a one-time drain of $8 billion, Activision is protected from having to deal with forced dividend payouts every few years, while Vivendi gets a larger lump sum, which brings them closer to the goal of paying down their debt quickly. If anything, Bobby and Brian should be praised
for long-term thinking in this world of short-sighted Wall Street gamblers caring only for their golden parachutes, not cockblocked by said gamblers.