Regardless, Kotick will remain in charge of Activision Blizzard.
UPDATE: Maybe Kotick won’t be CEO for long. In an interview with NYT reporter Karen Weise, Kotick said he would be “available when needed“after the deal closes, maybe not for long. Original story next.
Microsoft buying a publisher under surveillance Activision Blizzard at a low, low price of only 68.7 billion USD. Both companies made the announcement earlier today in their respective press releases, and both statements confirm that CEO Bobby Kotick–man accused of presiding over a culture of abuse and harassment at Activision– will somehow keep his job.
“Bobby Kotick will continue to serve as Activision Blizzard’s CEO, and he and his team will maintain their focus on advancing efforts to further strengthen the company’s culture and accelerate business growth,” read the statement today. The only chance of salvation is that Kotick will soon report to the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, who has had a scandal-free career.
How Kotick managed to keep his place despite being perhaps the only man in the game is still a mystery. Activision Blizzard’s problems first began last summer after a lawsuit in California accused the company of containing “”frat . boy workplace culture“Full of abuse and discrimination. Kotick managed to resolve most of the bugs until a report by the Wall Street Journal was directly related to the Activision CEO in emails and interviews with former employees. Allegedly ignoring reports of harassment and even allegedly assaulting a former assistant, the report led to new calls for the overthrow of Kotick.
However, it seems that Microsoft has no plans to remove Kotick from his position. In fact, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told investors after the announcement that he was “grateful” for Kotick’s “leadership and commitment to real culture change.”
That change will have to start soon. Total The Call of Duty series is struggling thanks a the ongoing strike causes the entire Raven Software QA team to be disqualified. Without Raven, bugs and balance issues have begun to appear in both Warzone and Vanguard, players calling for immediate action.
Xbox have a history of failure when it comes to buying its studio. In this case, Phil Spencer and his management team will have to get their hands on a little more.
TheGamer has chosen to boycott Activision Blizzard games in the hope that other sites will join us and ultimately we can make meaningful change. We will continue to bring our readers updates on the acquisition and will update our views if and when Microsoft makes structural changes at ABK. With Kotick still around, we fear these necessary changes will be unlikely.
Nintendo could celebrate Mario Kart turning 30 by inviting the new IP to join the party.
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