Bobby Kotick Says He Will "Consider" Resigning As Activision CEO If Workplace Culture Isn't Fixed "With Speed"
And OJ is still looking for the "real killers."
Bobby Kotick is committed to rooting out the toxic culture at Activision Blizzard. And if he doesn't, good news! He promises to step down from his position as CEO, forfeiting hundreds of millions of dollars in the process!
That's the latest from the Wall Street Journal, reporting on Kotick's meeting with Blizzard executives on Friday, when he said that he would "consider" leaving the company if its issues weren't fixed "with speed." That introduces a bit of a logical conundrum, since his leaving the company would address several of the issues, which he stands personally accused of perpetrating.
The big question is naturally what he defines as a proper timeframe to implement such changes and to what degree they would need to be dealt with before he acknowledged that they weren't fixed and he'd have to leave. And if things stayed the same or somehow got worse, would he actually stick to his word and resign, as many have called for him to do?
Bobby has had 30 years to instill a positive culture at Activision then ABK and failed to do so.... what makes him think we would believe he could change it "quickly" now.
— Jessica Gonzalez 💙 #FireBobbyKotick (@BlizzJess) November 22, 2021
In short, given his clearly duplicitous nature regarding these events, there's no reason to trust Kotick in any way about his commitment to upholding these ideas or any of his promises. It's likely that the meeting, and his vow, was merely a desparate attempt to regain some kind of control over a company, and its employees, that are calling for his head, and to possibly ensure stockholders -- Activision Blizzard stock is down 15% from this time last week -- that he's committed to taking action. In all likelihood, that action won't come unless he can maneuver events in a way that will benefit him.
About the Author
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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