CEO Bobby Kotick is Leaving Activision at The End of 2023

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It has been announced that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick will officially 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 following the official announcement that Microsoft has purchased Activision Blizzard.

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


Today marks a milestone in our company’s celebrated history.

Combining with Microsoft will bring new resources and new opportunities to our extraordinary teams worldwide. It will also enable us to deliver more fun, more joy, and more connection to more players than ever before.

This moment is possible because of your efforts over four decades to innovate, inspire, and achieve.

When Brian Kelly and I began this journey in 1991, we intended to build a company that would have great impact and lasting value. Your tireless work and unwavering commitment to excellence enabled us to do just that. In the 1980s, we pioneered independent, third-party game development with Pitfall, River Raid, 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 also introduced Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, which entered popular culture in ways few videogames ever have. In the 2010s, we debuted Candy Crush Saga, which to date has been downloaded more than five billion times and contributed to our total worldwide players being fifty percent female.

Your dedication is what makes it possible for us to continually push envelopes, break records, and
delight players. Amid the uncertainty of the last 21 months, you’ve remained focused, as always, on
serving our players and supporting each other.

I have long said that I am fully committed to helping with the transition. Phil has asked me to stay on as CEO of ABK, reporting to him, and we have agreed that I will do that through the end of 2023. We both look forward to working together on a smooth integration for our teams and players.

Brian and I couldn’t be more excited for the next chapter for ABK. We now join one of the most
successful global companies, poised for unprecedented opportunities to connect the world through our games.

As a part of Microsoft, we will be even better, together.


  1. Kotick saved the company from failing and going bankrupt, made hundreds of billions and eventually sold it making shareholders tons of money. People want to paint him as the bad guy but the real bad people are the ones who kept buying Blizzard products. The ones who bought thousands in Overwatch lootboxes and kept subscribing to WoW while the devs destroyed it. Anyone who gave Blizzard money past 08 is responsible for this disaster not this money hungry chairman who created billions in revenue.

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