This excerpt taken from the ATVI 10-Q filed Nov 10, 2008.
In 2006, Blizzard implemented the BEP, an equity incentive plan denominated in U.S. dollars. Under the BEP, restricted shares of Blizzard stock and other cash settled awards were granted to certain key executives and employees of Blizzard.
Under the provisions of the BEP and the Business Combination Agreement, the consummation of the Business Combination is deemed a change in control, which automatically triggered cash payments to the beneficiaries for the portion of awards that were vested at the closing date of the Business Combination. Upon closing of the Business Combination, we paid $106 million under the BEP to employees. The determination of the value of Blizzard shares upon a change in control is equal to the transaction value under the provisions of the BEP. The outstanding non-vested rights became immediately vested upon the closing of the Business Combination, cancelled and extinguished and converted into a new right to receive an amount in cash eighteen months after the closing upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the BEP and in the Business Combination Agreement, including continued employment through the payment date. As of September 30, 2008, unrecognized compensation expense under the BEP was approximately $24 million which will be recognized over the remaining fifteen months. As of September 30, 2008, other non-current liabilities in the consolidated balance sheet includes approximately $65 million related to this plan.