If you’ve been following this site for a decent amount of time, you’ll know that we have been watching and reporting on the takeover of Gameloft by Vivendi. Well Vivendi now owns 95.94% of the share capital and 95.77% of the voting rights of Gameloft after the takeover completed back on June 15th, 2016.
While Vivendi is currently trying to takeover Gameloft in a hostile bid, it looks as though there are hints that this isn’t the only company Vivendi has eyes for. One company was already hinted at in our previous article, which is Ubisoft, but Vivendi says it isn’t going for control over that company even though the current purchases of shares recently would suggest otherwise.
During Nintendo’s announcement regarding their full fiscal year, with the latest one having just ended on March 31st, 2016, the company revealed what their plans will be for their next mobile games. This announcement should make a lot of people happy, especially those of you who are fans of the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing franchises, since their next couple of games will be coming from those two franchises.
As the number of publishers turning to the free-to-play revenue model continued to proliferate across the mobile space, French developer, Gameloft, remained the last bastion of premium priced experiences void of in-app-purchases. Gamers that sought refuge from the oft maligned “freemium” approach to content found that Gameloft offered a library of titles that were sold as complete games for one price; the revenue model most familiar to those who play games on dedicated gaming devices, and a model that many veteran gamers still expect on mobile platforms such as Android and iOS.
Back in February 2016 we reported on Vivendi who were essentially forced under French law to make a takeover bid on Gameloft after acquiring a large stake in Gameloft after their last share buy. This all began in October 2015, which is when Vivdeni began buying up chunks of Gameloft’s shares and after netting around a 30% stake in Gameloft, and because of Vivdeni now owning a 30% stake in Gameloft, under French law this means they have a mandatory takeover offer to make and they did.
Nexon has announced that they have decided to go ahead an acquire the company that they have been partnering with for the popular strategy game DomiNations. Big Huge Games, the company behind DomiNations, was co-founded by Brian Reynolds and Tim Train, industry veterans behind Civilization II and Rise of Nations. Both companies teamed up back in late 2013 for a mobile game, which at the time wasn’t announced, that turned out to be DomiNations.
There are only a few applications for mobile devices in that ‘instant streaming’ category of things. One of those is Periscope, where you start up the application on your phone or tablet and using your devices and the Periscope app, stream whatever you are doing in real life to people who feel like tuning in to watch. This can be anything from event coverage and interviews at shows like E3, down to watching someone eat french fries.
Interesting news coming out today about one company possibly trying to take over another, which isn’t anything new in the business world. However, the parties involved is what makes this interesting. Vivendi has a lot of games and franchises under their belt already, but in the past few months have been steadily buying up Gameloft’s shares.
Bethesda, the folks behind a number of popular franchises of video games including Fallout Shelter, have opened up a new studio over in Montreal, Canada. The goal of this new studio is to help further the company’s mobile game development, which means we haven’t seen the last of Bethesda and mobile game releases.
CCP, the developers behind the popular space-themed MMORPG called Eve Online, has netted themselves an additional $30 million in funding to make more virtual reality games. Currently the company has two virtual reality games EVE: Valkyrie and Gunjack, both of which are for different platforms.