There's still a lot that needs to happen at Activision Blizzard before the Xbox takeover can be considered a success. For those working at Activision Blizzard, CEO Bobby Kotick's involvement in the company is a top priority.
Kotick recently addressed his workforce in an internal meeting about the Xbox deal. Dubbed the "Fireside Chat", the CEO answered employee questions read by Chief People Officer Julie Hodges. Here's part of what he had to say:
"I can tell you that my commitment to the company is [to] remain in my role. Once the deal closes, what I’ve committed to Microsoft is I will stay as long as is necessary to ensure that we have a great integration and a great transition."
This comment, and Kotick's history with the company, led to concerns about his position during and after the transition. One anonymous employee spoke to The Washington Post about Kotick's involvement:
"All the fear and anger felt is still tied up in Bobby Kotick and what harm he will inflict until the torch is passed to Microsoft [...] He likened Activision to be as important as his children, and I feel like he will not let go of it. With no mention of the strike, the lawsuit or any of the continuing issues, there may as well have not been a Q&A at all. We could’ve read a press release and slept an extra 15 minutes."
So, it's clear that some of those working at Activision Blizzard are not entirely sold on the news, even if it's believed Kotick will indeed leave once the transition to Xbox is complete. Multiple employees were also said to be "suspicious" of his comment that "[Microsoft is] committed to trying to retain as many of our people as possible," believing it could potentially be an indication of upcoming layoffs.
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