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Goodbye to Bobby Kotick: the controversial CEO of Activision Blizzard leaves his position

Although much of the leadership remains, several high-ranking officials will also leave Activision Blizzard alongside Bobby Kotick.

Goodbye to Bobby Kotick: the controversial CEO of Activision Blizzard leaves his position
María López

María López

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It’s official: Bobby Kotick, the well-known CEO of Activision Blizzard, will leave his position on December 29th. Although his departure has been announced now, Kotick himself already revealed the news last October.

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This is one of the most controversial figures in the video game industry in recent years: he was accused of mistreating his employees and had several harassment complaints, among others.

Kotick’s departure comes just two months after changes were made to the Xbox leadership. First, Sarah Bond was promoted to the position of Xbox president. Then, Matt Booty was appointed as president of gaming content and development studios. This also includes overseeing Bethesda and ZeniMax.

However, this is not the only departure. Both Lulu Meservey, CCO of Activision Blizzard, and Humam Sakhnini, vice president of King and Blizzard, will also leave the company along with Kotick. In addition, another group of Activision Blizzard executives will also depart in March, although we do not know who they are.

The very own Phil Spencer sent an internal statement, where he thanks Kotick “for his invaluable contribution to this industry, his involvement in the closing of the Activision Blizzard acquisition, and his collaboration after the closing”.

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At the moment, Microsoft continues with the integration of Activision Blizzard into the gaming division. And the truth is, we don’t know yet what plans Microsoft has regarding Activision Blizzard games and their inclusion in Xbox Game Pass. However, the company’s official account has already announced some bad news: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and Diablo IV will not be coming to Xbox Game Pass this year.

María López

María López

Artist by vocation and technology lover. I have liked to tinker with all kinds of gadgets for as long as I can remember.

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