Microsoft Announces Activision CEO Bobby Kotick Is Leaving December 29th

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Bobby Kotick Steps Down as Activision Blizzard CEO: What’s Next for Microsoft and the Gaming Industry

Microsoft has announced that Bobby Kotick will officially step down as CEO from Activision Blizzard on December 29th. Kotick, who has led the studio known for Call of Duty for decades, departed in October but the news was only confirmed by Microsoft and Activision Blizzard recently.

A New Era for Activision Blizzard: Who Takes Over?

Although Microsoft has not yet confirmed a replacement for Kotick, the rest of Activision Blizzard’s leadership team will remain mostly intact. Thomas Tippl, Rob Kostich, Mike Ybarra, and Tjodolf Sommestad will report to Matt Booty, the President of Game Content and Studios. Phil Spencer also released a memo acknowledging Kotick’s “invaluable contributions to this industry.”

No Major Changes to Activision Blizzard’s Structure

Spencer reassured fans that there will be “no changes to the structure of how the studios and business units are run.” Any leadership changes, he emphasized, were only intended to provide “clarity and accountability.”

What’s Next for Activision Blizzard?

With this major shakeup, there is now a significant opportunity for Activision Blizzard to take a meaningful new direction. The first thing on fans’ minds is the ongoing titles, particularly Call of Duty. Our recent exclusive revealed that Call of Duty 25 could be a semi-futuristic installment.

Exciting Plans for Activision, Bethesda, Blizzard, King and Xbox Game Studios in 2024

Phil Spencer also hinted at an “exciting 2024 lineup of games across Activision, Bethesda, Blizzard, King and Xbox Game Studios.” However, he remained vague about when fans could expect more information.

Call of Duty: What’s Next for the Franchise?

The ongoing plans for Call of Duty remain a hot topic. Our exclusive report suggests that the franchise might be shifting towards semi-futuristic gameplay with Call of Duty 25.

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