Bobby Kotick ‘will absolutely remain’ Activision CEO if Microsoft deal fails, it’s claimed | VGC
Activision Blizzard, one of the largest and most influential video game publishers in the world, is reportedly considering a more aggressive and outspoken stance in the wake of recent allegations of harassment and misconduct.
This comes as the company faces increasing scrutiny from investors, who are concerned about the loss of several key executives in the wake of these allegations.
In particular, investors are said to be worried about the potential loss of CEO Bobby Kotick, who has been with the company for over 25 years.
Kotick is said to be “absolutely committed” to remaining at the helm of Activision Blizzard, even if Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of the company falls through.
However, it is unclear whether Kotick would be willing to stay on if the company was sold to another party.
Sony, one of Activision Blizzard’s major partners, is said to be “refusing to communicate” with Microsoft in the wake of the latter’s bid to acquire the publisher.
This is likely due to the fact that Sony is concerned about the potential impact of Microsoft’s ownership of Activision Blizzard on the PlayStation platform.
Sony is also said to be “worried” about the potential for antitrust issues if the deal went through.
Microsoft has reportedly been “harassing” Sony in an attempt to get the Japanese company to change its position on the matter.
The software giant is said to be concerned that the PlayStationmaker could use its position to block the acquisition.
It is unclear at this time whether Microsoft will be successful in its bid to acquire Activision Blizzard.
However, it is worth noting that the company has a history of successfully acquiring other companies in the gaming industry.
For example, Microsoft successfully acquired Rare in 2002.
Given the size and scope of Activision Blizzard, it is unlikely that any other company would be able to match Microsoft’s offer.
Only time will tell whether this proposed acquisition will go through.