Activision, founded on October 1st, 1979, was the first independent company to develop and publish console video games (previously made by the manufacturers of the consoles themselves). Its first products were cartridges for the Atari 2600 console, released between July 1980 (in the US market) and August 1981 (in the UK) and is now one of the largest video game publishers in the world, behind only to Electronic Arts, after topping the US sales charts in 2007 . In December 2007 it announced the merger with Vivendi subsidiary Blizzard Entertainment, Vivendi Games. The new company is called Activision Blizzard.
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