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Will he stay, or will he go? That's the question everyone is asking about Bobby Kotick right now after Microsoft announced its plans to purchase Activision Blizzard in a deal worth around $70 billion.

Although The New York Times suggested Kotick would be "available as needed" after the acquisition was finalised, as you might have seen, this may not necessarily be the case. According to an story over on the The Wall Street Journal (paywall), once the deal is done, Kotick will be shown the door.

As previously highlighted, his exit from Activision Blizzard is still expected to result in a substantial payout:

Xbox's original statement also seems to indicate Activision Blizzard's CEO won't be hanging around after the transaction goes through - with the official announcement confirming "once the deal closes" Activision Blizzard will report to Phil Spencer, who is now the CEO of Microsoft Gaming.

Microsoft also admits it has "work to do" and is very much committed to making gaming a safe space that is inclusive and accessible to all. At this early stage of the acquisition though, it seems we'll just have to wait until things are finalised to find out what really happens.

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