Netflix expands Ubisoft partnership with exclusive Assassin’s Creed game

Netflix has announced an expanded partnership with French game publishing giant Ubisoft. The pair had already been in collaboration to develop a live-action series based on the popular Assassin’s Creed videogame franchise, but revealed further collaboration at the publisher’s Ubisoft Forward event.  This latest announcement comes with the reveal of three games to bolster Netflix’s […]

Vivendi completes Ubisoft exit

Vivendi has sold the last tranche of its shares in gaming outfit Ubisoft. The media giant sold its remaining 5.87% of the company for €429 million, representing a capital gain on the investment of €220 million. The sale means that Vivendi is no longer a Ubisoft shareholder and maintains its commitment to refrain from purchasing […]

Berenberg: eSports market to be worth US$20bn by 2025

Analysts at Berenberg have published a detailed report about the video games sector in which they claim to be “deeply excited about the health of the sector”. Predicting further growth and margin expansion, the company identifies Ubisoft as its top share pick in the sector but has also placed a buy notice on Electronic Arts […]

Vivendi sells out of Ubisoft

European media giant Vivendi has sold off its stakeholding in Assassin’s Creed games studio Ubisoft for nearly US$2.45 billion, with Chinese tech monolith Tencent among the new shareholders. The deal sees Vivendi selling all 30.5 million of its shares – 27.3% of the entire business – for €2 billion (US$2.45 billion) to various investors. These […]

Canal+ returns to growth, Vivendi chief confirms mediation in Italy

Vivendi has seen a return to growth for Canal+’s domestic French subscriber base for the first time since 2015. Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine has meanwhile confirmed that the group is in mediation to secure an end to its long-running and bitter battle with Mediaset in Italy. Vivendi also released numbers for short-form video initiative […]

Vivendi acquires more Ubisoft shares

Vivendi has said it now owns over 20% of the share capital of games giant Ubisoft. As of June 14, the French media giant owned 20.1% of the share capital and 17.76% of Ubisoft’s voting rights. In a notification to the French markets regulator, Vivendi said that aimed to make further acquisitions in shares of […]

Vivendi moves closer to taking control of games company

Vivendi has moved closer to taking full control of Gameloft after the French games company’s third-largest shareholder said it would sell to the media giant. The decision by Amber Capital means that Vivendi’s hostile takeover attempt has now secured control of 44% of the mobile games company’s shares, more than twice the amount owned by […]

Vivendi ups stakes in Gameloft battle

Vivendi’s long-running hostile attempt to take over French games company Gameloft has entered a new phase with its public tender offer price for the company’s shares increasing automatically from €720 to €8 per share. The increase results from stock market rules triggered by the media giant’s a result decision to buy a tranche of Gameloft […]

Vivendi taking 26% stake in Banijay-Zodiak

Vivendi has signed an agreement to take a 26.2% stake in the new production company resulting from the combination of Banijay Group and Zodiak Media. Vivendi had previously confirmed it was in talks to take a minority stake in the production outfit. The Banijay-Zodiak transaction, scheduled to complete in the first half of next year, […]

Vivendi ups stakes in games companies

Vivendi has upped its stakes in French games producers Ubisoft and Gameloft. Vivendi now holds 11.6 million shares in Ubisoft and 8.68 million Gameloft shares, taking its stakes in the two companies to 10.39% and 10.2% respectively. “These investments are part of a strategic vision of operational convergence between Vivendi’s content and platforms on one […]