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Activision-Blizzard merger could be official on July 9


A minor obstruction to the upcoming merger of Activision and Vivendi Games has been dealt with, setting the stage for the merger to become official on July 9. Activision announced on Wednesday that "the Delaware Court of Chancery has denied the Wayne County Employees' Retirement System's request for a preliminary injunction" against the merger.

With that court case out of the way, Activision shareholders will vote in a special meeting to approve the merger on July 8 and Activision predicts the merger could become official "on or about July 9, 2008". When it finally happens the merged company will be renamed Activision Blizzard and form the largest third party game publisher in the world, regulating the current number one publisher, Electronic Arts, to second place. Of course EA is trying a hostile takeover of Take Two Interactive but so far its attempts have not succeeded.

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