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Bobby Kotick Reportedly Considering to Leave Activision Blizzard if He Can't Fix Problems Quickly

Bobby Kotick Reportedly Considering to Leave Activision Blizzard if He Can't Fix Problems Quickly - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 21 November 2021 / 1,053 Views

It was last week Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick knew for years about the sexual misconduct allegations at the gaming giant. Later in the same day over 100 employees staged a walkout calling for Kotick resign and be replaced with a new CEO.

The Wall Street Journal is now reporting Kotick has told senior managers he would consider leaving the company if he could not fix the misconduct problems "with speed."

The source who spoke with The Wall Street Journal said at an online meeting that Activision executives told Kotick some employees would remain unsatisfied until he left. 

Bobby Kotick Reportedly Considering to Leave Activision Blizzard if He Can't Fix Problems Quickly

Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan sent out an email to employees saying he was "disheartened and frankly stunned to read" to read the report and that Activision "has not done enough to address a deep-seated culture of discrimination and harassment."

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer also sent an email to employees saying Xbox is "evaluating all aspects of our relationship" with Activision Blizzard. He and the gaming leadership team are "disturbed and deeply troubled by the horrific events and actions" at the publisher.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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19 Comments
SKMBlake (on 22 November 2021)

I thought he was the actual problem

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Podings SKMBlake (on 22 November 2021)

He's not personally accused of anything. Except by some of his employees. For being kind of an oldfashioned hardliner in dealing with harrassment issues.

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CaptainExplosion Podings (on 22 November 2021)

By which we mean he's an inhuman piece of shit who thinks of HR complaints as simple whining.

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SKMBlake Podings (on 22 November 2021)

Okay I see, thanks !

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Podings SKMBlake (on 23 November 2021)

No problem.

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2zosteven (on 22 November 2021)

the only way at this point is for everyone to quit buying and supporting their products immediately.

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CaptainExplosion 2zosteven (on 22 November 2021)

Already doing that.

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VAMatt (on 22 November 2021)

I think he will be out by the next Activision annual meeting, which I understand occurs in the spring.

He wants to save face, so he'll go ahead and announce his resignation effective a few months out. So, he leaves on his own terms. That should partially placate the pissed off people, and it gives both Activision some cover (they want to ensurr a smooth transition) and he gets to save face.

They will also negotiate a smaller severance package, so they don't have to pay him $300 million for firing him.

So, this seems like the most likely outcome to me.

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Podings (on 22 November 2021)

It's not like he isn't already filthy rich and could retire whenever he wanted.

But it's the company he built, and I'm sure he has at least some sense of pride in it.
If it can't rise back up with him, it might have to do so without him.

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CaptainExplosion Podings (on 22 November 2021)

It'll be fine without Bobby Nodick.

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Podings CaptainExplosion (on 23 November 2021)

We'll see about that if it comes to it.

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Ashadelo (on 22 November 2021)

If he leaves, gets fired or let go his current contract says Actvision-Blizzard is to give him $300 million. I assume this is why he hasn't already been removed.

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 22 November 2021)

He cant let go of that tit, sucking it until its dry.

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PAOerfulone (on 22 November 2021)

He's just biding his time, hoping it will all blow over and people will forget about. There's no way he's going to resign unless he's forced out.

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ironmanDX PAOerfulone (on 22 November 2021)

That's basically what I was going to say...

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Vizigoth04 (on 22 November 2021)

Yeah he’ll leave after some hasty money laundering occurs.

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Chazore (on 22 November 2021)

is the literal problem
"hmm, nope...can't seem to find any problems here!" - Bobby

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CaptainExplosion (on 22 November 2021)

Just get out, you good for nothing rich parasite. All you've done is cover up a horrible workplace environment and cutting corners while fattening your own overgrown wallet. Activision would be better off without the likes of you in charge.

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