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Is Bobby Kotick Considering Resigning?

The CEO of Activision Blizzard, Bobby Kotick is reportedly set to leave if he can’t quickly resolve the problems building up within the publisher…

 

The Wall Street Journal was the publication that sparked another round of Activision Blizzard scandals. The WSJ reported that Kotick had once threatened to kill an assistant. Still, a few days later, the site dropped another nuclear bomb, saying that Kotick, who has led the publisher since the merger of Activision and Blizzard (nearly a decade and a half ago), had already told senior executives that he would consider leaving if he couldn’t quickly fix the company’s work culture.

Last week, Kotick also met with senior executives at Activision and Blizzard and talked about leaving during a meeting with Blizzard on Friday. Still, it wasn’t exactly the clearest of terms for the executive who has been collecting bonuses in the hundreds of millions. On the 16th, Kotick told his employees in a video message, “we are moving forward with a new zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate behaviour — and zero means zero. Any reprehensible conduct is simply unacceptable.” (Yet last week, we wrote that it did not seem to apply to him…)

Kotick met with several senior managers during the week to reassure employees of his commitment to a healthy work environment. Still, the WSJ (citing its sources) reported that in one online meeting, Activision execs said several staff members would remain unhappy until he got up from the table. And we’ve already written that Activision Blizzard’s unionized initiative has started an open petition to remove the CEO and already has 1,784 signatories, which is no small number. (Last time, it was only around 1300. There is no shortage of growth.)

The employees “that Bobby Kotick removes himself as CEO of Activision Blizzard, and that shareholders be allowed to select the new CEO without the input of Bobby, who we are aware owns a substantial portion of the voting rights of the shareholders.”

Source: PCGamer

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