Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly plans to step down after Microsoft acquisition

The big question left after Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard: What will Bobby Kotick look like? The embattled chief executive has been under pressure to resign since at least November over a workplace misconduct scandal at the company, after reports he was aware of complaints for years and had engaged in abuse himself.Neither Microsoft nor Activision Blizzard commented on his status after the company was acquired, but according to Wall Street Journal He is expected to step down after the deal is completed.a report Bloomberg He said the same, citing a person familiar with the deal.

In the acquisition announcement, Microsoft said Kotick would remain Activision Blizzard’s CEO, but added that once the acquisition is complete, “Actvision Blizzard’s business will report to Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer.” There was no mention of what role Kotick would play at that time. .