Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has e-mailed employees after Vivendi purchased 6.6 percent of Ubisoft's stock for â‚¬140.3 million. In the e-mail he says he will do whatever it takes to ensure that Ubisoft remains independent.
6.6 percent might not sound like a huge amount, however Vivendi could well be planning to acquire more stocks in the company over time ahead of a bid to take control of Ubisoft.
"Our intention is and has always been to remain independent, a value which, for 30 years, has allowed us to innovate, take risks, create beloved franchises for players around the world, and which has helped the company grow into the leader it is today," Guillemot said in the e-mail.
"We're going to fight to preserve our independence. We should not let this situation - nor any future actions by Vivendi or others - distract us from our goals. Our best defence is to stay focused on what we have always done best - deliver the most original and memorable gaming experiences."