Kotick Reportedly Wanted To Buy Kotaku Or PC Gamer To Influence Public Narrative

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.

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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