Following the ongoing controversies and lawsuits that plagued Activision Blizzard in the headlines, CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly wanted to buy gaming publications to influence the pubic narrative.
In a new Wall Street Journal report, it’s being claimed by “people familiar with him” that Kotick was the one who suggested purchasing Kotaku and PC Gamer looking to sway the public back in Activision Blizzard’s favor. Apparently, he wanted them to report on anything other than the developing issues within the company.
According to the WSJ report, Activision spokesperson, Ms. Helaine Klasky, disputed the claim that Kotick wanted to buy either publication. Meanwhile, spokesperson for G/O Media–parent company of Kotaku–has declined to comment.
In July 2021, a lawsuit was filed against Activision Blizzard by the California Department of Fair Employment following reports of sexual harassment, workplace misconduct, and overall abuse. Since that lawsuit was filed, so many other stories have broke, including that Bobby Kotick knew about the sexual assault and harassment claims–and then tried to sweep it under a rug.
Despite the countless stories that have come from this scandal, Microsoft announced that it has proposed to buy Activision Blizzard in a deal that’s close to $70 billion. Apparently, discussions were had on whether Kotick would continue on, and the official word is that he will–for the time being. However, management at Microsoft and Activision Blizzard have already reached an agreement that Kotick will leave when the acquisition is finished.