Activision CEO Bobby Kotick will remain on the video publisher’s board for at least a year thanks to shareholder approval. Kotick has been the head of Activision since the 90s, which earned him a long tenure at publisher Call of Duty. He said he doesn’t play his own games (but he also came back to it saying he played Skylanders with his kids) and that he’s drawn the ire of gamers for years because of the decisions made by the company. Part of that comes from how Call of Duty has been used by Activision, how it once put big developers on the shooter franchise’s support team and let beloved properties like Tony Hawk. Of course, the most notable point of criticism came last year when the company was hit with numerous lawsuits and investigations into misconduct within Activision and how it was all mishandled.
Nonetheless, despite Kotick’s reputation as an Activision leader, shareholders voted to keep him on the board for at least a year. Bobby Kotick is currently expected to continue at Activision once the Microsoft acquisition is complete, though that could change in the blink of an eye. At this time, no one knows for sure what Microsoft’s plans are for the company and whether or not Bobby Kotick is in it for the long haul.
He’s already been at the company for several decades and although his reputation has been significantly damaged, Activision is one of the most valuable game publishers thanks to Call of Duty and other key franchises. Many have been calling for Kotick’s removal or resignation since the lawsuits, investigations, and allegations began spreading in 2021. At present, Kotick is expected to stay with the company for at least a year. Shareholders also recently voted for Activision to create annual reports on how the company handles corporate misconduct. Activision said the vote was not binding, but would consider making it a reality, although nothing is certain.