We’ve learned (via Bloomberg) that former Activision majority owner Vivendi has purchased stake in both Ubisoft and Gameloft.
Both developers hail from France, and were both founded by Michael Guillemot. This is coming after two years of negligence in the games industry, with the company purchasing several millions worth in each company.
In total, Vivendi has purchased roughly $183 million in both companies, with the majority (roughly $161 million) being invested in Ubisoft, which equates to around 7.36 million shares – a 6.6% stake in the company. The remaining shares, $5.24 million worth, went into Gameloft, equating to roughly 6.2% of that company.
It remains unclear if this is a sign of Vivendi’s future investment plans – as they could easily purchase more stake in the company (providing Ubisoft is willing).