After Vivendi was still quite diplomatic in recent months and talked of a close collaboration with Ubisoft, the multimedia group now for the first time approved corresponding takeover plans.
Anyone who has tracked the coverage of the French publisher Ubisoft over the past months will have noticed that the multimedia company Vivendi decided in the near future to increase its own share in Ubisoft peu á peu.
Meanwhile, Vivendi holds 27 percent of the shares and thus holds 24.5 percent of the voting rights. The family around Ubisoft founder Yves Guillemot therefore decided to buy back further shares to Ubisoft. In this way a hostile takeover by Vivendi should be prevented or at least hindered.
Ubisoft: Vivendi clears acquisition plans for the first time
To all appearances the fears of a takeover are not out of thin air. Because after Vivendi in the past months again and again pointed out that not a hostile takeover, but instead planned a strategic cooperation with Ubisoft, Vivendi now for the first time frankly discussed a possible takeover of Ubisoft.
According to Stéphane Roussel, COO of Vivendi, the company is looking for a takeover target, which has more influence in the video game industry than the Studio Gameloft acquired in June 2016. Because of the already acquired shares Ubisoft of course, the most obvious goal.
However, this does not mean that Vivendi does not have other options open, Roussel continued.