Microsoft And Activision Blizzard Have Not Decided If Bobby Kotick Will Stay Or Leave If Buyout Goes Through
Posted On April 18, 2022
Whether or not Activision Blizzard founder and CEO Bobby Kotick stays with the company, should the proposed sale to Microsoft go through, is one of many questions that remains unanswered about the deal. We still don’t know what will happen, but Activision Blizzard recently updated a proxy filing with the US government, and it specifically mentions that management at Activision Blizzard and Microsoft have not sat down to discuss Kotick’s employment status as of yet.
“No discussions or negotiations regarding post-closing employment arrangements with Microsoft occurred between Microsoft and Mr. Kotick prior to the approval and execution of the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, or have occurred subsequent to such approval and execution, through the date hereof,” the statement says, as spotted by Stephen Totilo of Axios.
Although no official announcement has been made about Kotick’s future with Activision Blizzard should the deal be finalized, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kotick will leave. The official word is that Kotick will stay on at Activision Blizzard as its CEO for the time being, but behind the scenes, management at Microsoft and Activision Blizzard have reportedly agreed that Kotick will leave when the deal is done.
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Author: Eddie Makuch