Software publishers are increasingly turning to their own organisations to distribute titles throughout Australia, with French powerhouse Vivendi Universal Publishing the latest to set up offices in Australia.
Vivendi Universal Publishing -- one of the six divisions of communications juggernaut Vivendi Universal Group -- is set to officially launch its operations on July 2. The company will take on the distribution of its Havas Interactive range of software from Jack of All Games.
The move is part of the worldwide integration of Havas under the Vivendi umbrella. Havas publishes games from studios such as Sierra and Blizzard Entertainment -- best known for the production of titles such as Half Life, Diablo II and Warcraft. Vivendi's publishing division is the second largest publisher of PC and Mac games in the world, according to analyst GFK.
In addition, Vivendi will distribute a range of console-focused titles from its Universal Interactive catalogue -- a range previously distributed by Sony.
Vivendi will stick with Scholastic for the distribution of its edutainment titles to schools, specialised education channels and Harvey Norman.