Bobby Kotick will allegedly remain at Activision Blizzard if the Microsoft deal fails

According to sources close to Activision Blizzard's business, Bobby Kotick will 'absolutely remain' as CEO should the Microsoft acquisition fall through.


Activision Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick has been at the center of a lot of controversy regarding the gaming publisher in the last few years, and it seems he will continue to be if the Microsoft acquisition of Acti-Blizz fails. According to sources close to Activision Blizzard's business, it has seemingly been confirmed that, despite rumors of Kotick leaving the company after Microsoft takes over, Kotick would “absolutely remain” as CEO if the deal was struck down.

This information comes from Fox Business, who communicated with alleged sources familiar with the matter. Bobby Kotick and Activision Blizzard still certainly have a vested interest in moving the Microsoft deal along. However, with lawsuits from the US Federal Trade Commission, complaints from the European Union, and an investigation from the UK Competition and Markets Authority, Activision Blizzard seems to also be making contingency plans in case Microsoft’s $68.7 billion USD deal might fall through. This apparently includes keeping Kotick on as CEO.

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Microsoft's proposed $68.7 billion USD acquisition of Activision Blizzard has seen no lack of resistance, and it seems Kotick will stay leading the latter if the deal falls through.
Source: Xbox

Bobby Kotick and Activision have been more vocal than usual as of late about moving the Microsoft and Activision Blizzard deal along. Recently, Activision Blizzard CFO Lulu Cheng Meservey made the rather curious claim that because of Sony’s success with The Last of Us TV Series on HBO Max, that proves Sony’s power in the market and the Microsoft deal should go through. Kotick himself also went on several interviews where he made claims that UK regulators stalling the deal might be jeopardizing the UK economy.

Kotick has also proven to be a highly controversial figure during his tenure at Activision Blizzard, allegedly forging an email decrying whistleblowers under another executive’s name and protecting known abusers within the company. Many authorities believe there’s a threat of Microsoft having too much power in gaming if the deal goes through, but a continued Bobby Kotick-led Activision Blizzard doesn’t sound much better. Stay tuned as we continue to follow for further updates.

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      February 10, 2023 9:20 AM

      I mean was that ever a surprise?

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      February 10, 2023 9:22 AM

      That man needs to take a Long War down a vanilla XCOM campaign

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      February 10, 2023 10:51 AM

      Deal shouldn't go through, it would be terrible for game developers (and thus gamers). Kotick's position is a separate matter that should still be dealt with. The answer to that problem isn't a giant merger that destroys competition in product and labor.

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        February 10, 2023 2:56 PM

        Not sure if it's giant. Blizzard becomes more irrelevant with every release.

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          February 10, 2023 3:05 PM

          isn't the entire crux of the panic around COD ?

        • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
          February 10, 2023 6:33 PM

          Their reputation has fallen but their franchises are still huge gets.

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          February 10, 2023 6:48 PM

          Overwatch is bigger than its ever been, my understanding is that the current WoW expansion is very well received, and Diablo 4 is going to be massive. I think even with Hearthstone you've seen the core mode being superseded by Battlegrounds.

          Their rep by way of message boards/Twitter and actual relevancy among players are two different things

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        February 10, 2023 3:07 PM

        Expected a dr_cube post.

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        February 10, 2023 11:33 PM

        I mostly agree with you, but my dislike for Bobby Kotick is such that I'd just much rather have Microsoft just own the Activision-Blizzard IP. :(

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