In case you somehow missed it, Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard for about 70 billion dollars. One question people are still asking, is what happens to Bobby Kotick, CEO of Call of Duty and the Warcraft giant?
According to a story in The Wall Street Journal (fee wall), Kotick is expected to appear shortly after the acquisition with Microsoft is complete.
The news shared on the Xbox website also seems to suggest that Activision Blizzard’s CEO won’t stay on after the transaction is complete – with Phil Spencer explaining how “once the deal closes” all Activision Blizzard will report to him, the Microsoft CEO Gaming.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also says the company is committed to making games safe and accessible to all, it might be difficult to convince people of this if Kotick continues.
Calls for Bobby Kotick to step down have been circulating for some time – next Abuse claims rock Activision, and The employee organized a walk-in after calling for him to resign. Should Bobby go, he is still expected to receive a substantial payout.
Oh, and if you’re wondering – Xbox says Activision Blizzard games will continue to be released on various platforms…at least for now.