In the notes accompanying the historic marriage between Microsoft and Activision for 70 billion dollars, the representatives of the two entertainment giants not only illustrate the terms of the agreement but also explain what the relationship between Bobby Kotick and Phil Spencer.
An Activision Blizzard spokesperson explained to IGN.com that “Bobby will continue to lead Activision as CEO, as he has done for the past 30 years.”. Also from the columns of IGN.com, a representative of the Redmond house explained that “Bobby Kotick and Phil Spencer will work together to secure the transition to this exciting new venture. Activision Blizzard executives will report to Phil after the deal is closed.”.
The statements of Activision and Microsoft, therefore, deny the rumors that are circulating on the net in these hours about the possible farewell of Bobby Kotick from Activision and, with it, the abandonment of every job currently carried out in the role of CEO.
Kotick himself reiterates the concept in the open letter published on the pages of the official website of Activision to announce the marriage with Microsoft: “I will continue to be the CEO with the same passion and enthusiasm that I had when I began this amazing journey in 1991. Until we have received all the regulatory approvals necessary to close this deal, which we anticipate should occur in the course of the fiscal year. 2023, we will continue to operate completely autonomously “.
As for the future, the notes issued by the two companies specify that Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, will be at the head of the entire family of video game subsidiaries of the Redmond house, and therefore also of Activision Blizzard once the billionaire agreement just announced has been finalized. From here to the next months we will also find out what will be the strategies of Microsoft and Activision on the Xbox exclusives for the next video games developed by the company directed by Kotick.