Bobby Kotick May Leave Activision Blizzard If/When Microsoft’s Deal Is Completed

Activi­sion Bliz­zard CEO Bob­by Kotick, the man who found­ed the com­pa­ny over 30 years ago, has recent­ly come under heavy scruti­ny over his com­pa­ny’s cor­po­rate cul­ture, and is now prepar­ing to leave if and when Microsoft­’s deal goes through. This is accord­ing to sources who spoke to The Wall Street Jour­nal.

Offi­cial­ly, Kotick will stay on at Activi­sion Bliz­zard as its CEO for right now, but behind the cur­tains, man­age­ment at Microsoft and Activi­sion Bliz­zard have (report­ed­ly) agreed that Kotick will be mov­ing on when the deal pulls through.

Kotick is accused of many things, among them, know­ing about and sweep­ing reports of sex­u­al harass­ment under the rug. It’s also been report­ed that Kotick has also threat­ened to kill an assistant.

Microsoft­’s pro­posed acqui­si­tion of Activi­sion Bliz­zard still needs to clear reg­u­la­to­ry bar­ri­ers. Should there be no hitch­es, the deal will close in fis­cal year 2023 (July 2022 — June 2023). The board of direc­tors at Microsoft and Activi­sion Bliz­zard have already approved the deal, but the share­hold­ers still need to stamp their approval.

Kotick­’s con­tract with Activi­sion Bliz­zard appears to show that he would be paid more than $200 mil­lion upon leav­ing Activi­sion Bliz­zard, as part of a clause per­tain­ing to “ter­mi­na­tion or change of control.”

If Microsoft­’s bid for Activi­sion Bliz­zard gets the green light, it would be Microsoft­’s biggest acqui­si­tion ever, with the next clos­est being LinkedIn ($26.2 billion).

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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