Activision Boss Bobby Kotick Has Not Discussed Leaving Company Yet

According to Activision, it’s claimed that the employment status of Bobby Kotick hasn’t been discussed by Microsoft post-acquisition.

As spotted by Stephen Totilo of Axios (thanks VGC), a new line has been added to Activision Blizzard’s main filing. It states Kotick’s role with the company hasn’t been discussed once the takeover is complete.

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard will not be officially completed until 2023 and it was assumed that Bobby Kotick would step down as CEO. However, a section of Activision Blizzard’s main filing reads:

No discussions or negotiations regarding post-closing employment arrangements with Microsoft occurred between Microsoft and Mr Kotick prior to the approval and the execution of the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, or have occurred subsequent to such approval and execution, through the date hereof.

Will Kotick leave?

Obviously, we can only speculate what will happen to Bobby Kotick once the Microsoft acquisition is complete next year.

That being said, with all the allegations of sexual harassment that have loomed over Activision, it certainly wouldn’t be a great look if Bobby Kotick’s status remains intact with Microsoft post-acquisition. In my opinion.

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Back in November 2021, over 1,300 Activision Blizzard employees signed a petition calling for Bobby Kotick to resign from the company. At the time of writing, that number now is just less than 1,900 signatures.

In related news, it’s reported that Microsoft will not stand in the way of an Activision Blizzard union. Furthermore, 1,100 Q&A testers have been made permanent employees, unless you work for Raven Software.

If any of the topics discussed in this article have negatively impacted you, there are people out there who can help.

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