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Vivendi Games

Historical Events

    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)

    2002:

    • 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:

    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:

    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:

    Mar 07, 2006:

    May 02, 2006:

    • The company changes its name from Vivendi Universal Games to Vivendi Games.

    Sep 12, 2006:

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    Feb 20, 2007:

    Nov 02, 2007:

    Company history contributed by Corn Popper (69577), clef (546), Sciere (248172), Joe Ix (176) and Kabushi (121564)