Alibaba IPO may signal more Chinese companies in US

Alibaba’s alibabaIPO—almost certain to be one of history’s largest—could open the gates to other Chinese companies listing on U.S. exchanges—and, in the mid- to long-term, competing against U.S. companies eye-to-eye, say analysts.

However, don’t expect the next wave of companies to pack quite the punch that Alibaba’s expected to have—at least not at first.

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Activision goes independent in $8.2 billion buyout

Bobby COD-Ghosts-In-The-Weeds-jpg_182637Kotick, the sometimes controversial CEO of Activision-Blizzard, is leading an $8.2 billion buyout from parent company Vivendi, a move that will restore independence to the world’s largest video game publisher.

The agreement will occur in a pair of purchases. Activision, as a company, will acquire 429 million shares for $5.83 billion in cash, while an investor group headed by Kotick and co-chairman Brian Kelly will separately purchase another 172 million shares for $2.34 billion. Kotick and Kelly have personally invested a combined $100 million into the company.

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Tapping China’s Gaming Gold Mine

The china gamingU.S. is the profit center of the video game industry, and has been for years. But if trends continue, China might be taking that title before too long.

China represents a huge opportunity for U.S. publishers, which are quickly exploring ways to monetize the country’s growing appetite for gaming. Meanwhile, some of the biggest firms in China are eyeing the U.S. market.

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Activision on the block: Assessing the potential buyers

Vivendi might be getting more serious about offloading Activision-Blizzard.

Reuters reports the French conglomerate has been in talks with a number of video game (and mass media) companies about a potential sale of the industry’s top seller.

That makes for a good headline – and I have no doubt about Reuters’ report, but as the industry works itself into a frenzy trying to guess whether Microsoft, Time Warner, or Tencent will be the new home of Call of Duty and Diablo, too many people are failing to scratch the surface.

Read more at Gamasutra