Bobby Kotick Almost Joined The Unemployment Line Last Year
Bobby Kotick, the longtime CEO of Activision Blizzard, was almost ousted from his position last year, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Kotick nearly lost his position in Activision Blizzard due to an incident with the French telecommunications company, Vivendi. He apparently refused to support any sale of Vivendi's stake in his company unless it involved his personal investment group, a move that made many of Vivendi's top shareholders consider giving him the boot.
Bloomberg cites an email chain between Vivendi's then-CEO Jean-Francois Dubos, who asked "I really wonder who’s going to fire him," only to be answered by Philippe Capron, Vivendi's CFO and Activision chairman at the time. "Myself, happily. Tomorrow if you want," Capron replied.
Kotick ended up not being fired when the $8.2 billion deal with Vivendi successfully went through, and he has remained in control of the company ever since. The heat on his side has since died down, and Kotick was admittedly decent in his minor role in Moneyball, but based on these emails it sounds like his co-workers and company shareholders weren't too fond of him.
Love him or hate him, he has helped turn Activision into one of the premier gaming companies in the world, first turning Call of Duty into a pop culture juggernaut then spear-heading the NFC toy craze with Skylanders. The man knows the industry, and we're happy that he didn't lose his place at Activision.
Speaking of Call of Duty and Skylanders, they each have a brand new chapter coming out this fall, with Skylanders: Trap Team launching on October 5th and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on November 4th.