Activision CEO Bobby Kotick Is Stepping Down on 29th December, 2023 1
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We all knew it was coming, but now we know the big day. Bobby Kotick's official last day as CEO of Activision Blizzard will be Friday, 29th December, 2023.

This news comes as Microsoft makes preparations and changes following its $69 billion acquisition of the publisher. A replacement for Kotick has not been announced as yet, but Activision Blizzard's executives will all report to Microsoft's game content and studios president Matt Booty in the interim.

It's not the only change coming to the company's top brass. Vice chairman of Blizzard and King, Humam Sakhnini, is also leaving before the new year. In January, Lulu Meservey, ActiBlizz's chief communications officer, is set to depart. A handful of other executives will report to new bosses at Microsoft during the transition period, which will end in March 2024. Following that, it sounds like it'll be mostly business as usual for the majority.

Kotick became CEO of Activision in 1991, and helped bring about the merger with Blizzard Entertainment in 2008. He's been CEO of the group ever since. Of course, the publisher is a huge entity in the world of video games, with huge names like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Candy Crush Saga, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, and many, many more under its umbrella.

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