Even before their merger with Blizzard, Activision had nudged EA out as the industry's top earner a few years back. Now that they're bonded with the makers of World or Warcraft, there's no denying that Activision's currently holds the 800-lb-gorilla spot in the video game jungle.
But, just like monkeys and gorillas share bananas (they do share, right?), Activision's made overtures to the indie developer community. Last year, the Bobby Kotick-led company held a contest to crown gifted indie developers with wreaths of cash but the winners were only just announced in July. The long wait made many question just what was happening, especially since question of IP ownership were up in the air for much of that time.