Activision Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick re-elected as CEO in midst of ongoing controversy

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Ever since Microsoft introduced its intention to amass Activision Blizzard for almost $70 billion, tales about poisonous office tradition and mismanagement have spilled out — rightfully so. The controversy has seemingly carried out nothing as well Bobby Kotick from his management place as CEO, and his seat was simply reaffirmed by a shareholder vote. He was already stated to be remaining in cost till Microsoft takes over, a press release that’s now been solidified.

According to the corporate’s shareholder vote report (through Rock Paper Shotgun), Kotick was re-elected to his board place by almost 9 to 1. There had been dissenting votes after all, and not less than one funding group really really helpful voting in opposition to Kotick earlier this 12 months. Even so, the end result retains Kotick in his seat because the Microsoft merge strikes ahead. Progress there may be “moving fast” in line with Microsoft president Brad Smith.

While the vote could have gone in his favor, Kotick continues to be in scorching water. New York City is suing Activision Blizzard, particularly focusing on Kotick by claiming he’s speeding the Microsoft deal to flee culpability for the numerous controversies on the firm. The undeniable fact that the deal is “moving fast” doesn’t look so good for him in that respect.

Kotick’s seat wasn’t the one latest affirmative vote from Activision Blizzard shareholders. The group additionally voted in favor of a public report on office discrimination. The firm’s personal inner investigation discovered no wrongdoing — go determine. Voting for a correct, exterior report of its actions is the least that may be carried out right here.

There’s been some correct excellent news out of Activision Blizzard just lately too. The QA group at Raven Software, recognized for its work on Call of Duty: Warzone, voted to type the primary main online game union again in May. Next up for the union is negotiating its contract with Activision Blizzard on the prime stage, one thing which may be hindered by Bobby Kotick’s continued regime.