CEO Bobby Kotick is leaving Activision at the end of 2023

October 13, 2023 by No Comments

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has officially announced that he will be leaving the company at the end of 2023.

Bobby Kotick has been the CEO of Activision Blizzard for the past 33 years. The news comes after the official announcement that Microsoft has acquired Activision Blizzard.

In a new letter to an Activision Blizzard employee, Bobby Kotick said,


Today marks a milestone in the illustrious history of our company.

Combining with Microsoft will provide new resources and new opportunities for our extraordinary teams around the world. It also allows us to bring more fun, more joy and more connection to more players than ever before.

This moment has been made possible by your dedication to innovation, inspiration and achievement over four decades.

When Brian Kelly and I began this journey in 1991, we envisioned building a company of great impact and lasting value. Your tireless work and unwavering commitment to excellence have enabled us to do so. In the 1980s, we began independent, third-party game development with Pitfall, River Ride, and Kaboom. In the 1990s, we united the world with online multiplayer games like MechWarrior, Warcraft, and StarCraft. In the 2000s, we introduced Call of Duty, which became one of the most successful entertainment franchises in history. We’re also introduced to Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skaters, which have entered popular culture through few videogames ever. In the 2010s, we launched Candy Crush Saga, which has been downloaded more than five billion times to date and contributed to fifty percent of our total global player base being female players.

Your dedication is what keeps us pushing envelopes, breaking records and making things possible
Makes sportsmen happy. Amidst the uncertainty of the past 21 months, you have remained as focused as ever
Serving our players and supporting each other.

I have long said that I am fully committed to helping with the transition. Phil asked me to continue as CEO of ABK, reporting to him, and we agreed that I would do so until the end of 2023. We both look forward to working together smoothly for our teams and players.

Brian and I couldn’t be more excited for the next chapter for ABK. We now join many
Successful global companies are poised for unprecedented opportunities to connect the world through our games.

As part of Microsoft, we’re better together.


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