Microsoft lastly closed its acquisition of Activision Blizzard at the moment, however it seems like Bobby Kotick might be staying on as CEO by way of to the tip of 2023.
It could have taken about 20 months, however as of at the moment, Microsoft has formally acquired Activision Blizzard. That after all comes with a heap of questions, and one of many huge ones is clearly: what about Bobby Kotick? In an e mail despatched to all Activision Blizzard King staff, as reported by The Verge, Kotick seems to be staying on as CEO of the corporate, no less than till the tip of 2023. “Phil has requested me to remain on as CEO of ABK, reporting to him, and we've got agreed that I'll do this by way of the tip of 2023,” wrote Kotick. “We each look ahead to working collectively on a clean integration for our groups and gamers.”
Wanting again to our personal tackle the information of the acquisition.
It needs to be famous that previously couple of years, there have been requires Kotick to resign, partially due to sexual harassment and bullying allegations that led to a number of lawsuits. Kotick had reportedly additionally been conscious of stated allegations for years, and even had a number of allegations in opposition to him as nicely. With the deal now having gone by way of, it is also attainable that Kotick will obtain as a lot as $400 million from Microsoft as a payout.
With Activision Blizzard beneath the Microsoft banner, it now owns huge titles like Name of Obligation, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Sweet Crush Saga. That does not imply that these video games will all of the sudden be unique to Xbox, a number of offers (together with one with PlayStation) have assured that, and also you should not count on all of Activision Blizzard's catalogue to be obtainable on Sport Move till subsequent 12 months both.
Activision Blizzard joins builders like Bethesda, Mojang, Doublefine, and various others as Xbox first-party studios, in addition to all the builders it owns itself.