Company history contributed by Corn Popper (69529), clef (543), Sciere (228140), Joe Ix (175) and Kabushi (114716)
Dec 08, 2000:
- Vivendi completes merger with Universal, company changes name to 'Vivendi Universal Interactive Publishing'. Main US offices move from Torrance, CA to Culver City, CA (Howard Hughes Center)
- Vivendi Universal Interactive Publishing unit changes name to 'Vivendi Universal Games' (VU Games)
Mar 14, 2003:
- The company acquires the assets of Fox Interactive (including 10 titles in development).
Feb 10, 2004:
- VU Games and Radical Entertainment announce that they have entered into a multi-year exclusive worldwide development agreement for six titles and a royalty-free license for Radical's in-house game technologies.
Feb 07, 2005:
- Danny Hammett is appointed Senior Vice President of Value Line Publishing for North America.
Mar 23, 2005:
- Company acquires Radical Entertainment.
Apr 29, 2005:
- The company settles the differences in a lawsuit with Valve over distribution via Steam, the ownership of Half-Life's IP and the right to grant license agreements for Valve's games to cyber cafes. Under the settlement, VU Games will cease distribution of retail packaged versions of Valve's games, effective August 31, 2005. Additionally, only Valve's licenses for cyber cafes become valid.
Jun 15, 2005:
- The company acquires Swordfish Studios.
Sep 30, 2005:
- The company sends a cease and desist letter to Phoenix Online Studios, that was developing King's Quest IX as a unofficial, free game. The series' creator Roberta Williams had given her blessing, but does not own the copyright.
Jan 05, 2006:
- The company acquires High Moon Studios, Inc.
Mar 07, 2006:
- The company founds Vivendi Universal Games Mobile, dedicated to publishing games for the mobile games market. The new division is headed up by Paul Maglione
May 02, 2006:
- The company changes its name from Vivendi Universal Games to Vivendi Games.
Sep 12, 2006:
- The company acquires Centerscore, Inc.
Sep 28, 2006:
- The company announces to have acquired two studios: Secret Lair Studios and Studio Ch'in (pending approval from the Chinese government).
Feb 20, 2007:
- The company acquires developer Wanako Games.
Nov 02, 2007: