World of Warcraft plays an important role. During a recent conference call, Vivendi Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy stated that the company is "extremely confident and resilient despite the current market conditions." Reuters reports that 70% of Vivendi's revenues are generated by "phone, Internet, pay-TV and online video games subscriptions," which help shield the company from current economic troubles.
"We expect video games to continue to show a nice growth," said Levy. He added, in what is perhaps the greatest understatement ever recorded, "We started the year with 12 million subscribers for World of Warcraft, which is a good base." With Activision Blizzard pumping out sequels to its major franchises and promising one major Blizzard release per year, we'd say Vivendi's gaming front is on fairly solid footing.