Activision Blizzard used to be owned by media giant Vivendi. Not anymore. It's now a free company, having bought Vivendi's stake out. You could say it's gone indie, but that joke's going to wear pretty thin over the next 24 hours.

Fun fact: Activision boss Bobby Kotick and co-chair Brian Kelly paid $100 million of their own cash as part of the $8 billion deal.

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Definitely a smart corporate move. Now let's see how that affects the quality of their products. Blizzard's quality has remained quite high throughout the years even when they were under the shadow of their corporate overlords. As disappointing as Diablo 3 was it can't be argued that it's not a very highly polished game.

I really hope they don't just start buying and ruining other studios left and right a la EA now though.