For those that weren’t under a rock for the last 24 hours, Microsoft announced its next playbook move for its first-party acquisitions aiming its crosshairs at Call of Duty/Overwatch publisher Activision Blizzard. The deal is said to roundup to roughly $69 billion and will be in the process for completion well into 2023. However, there is some questions left unanswered for the future of the firm following the purchase.
For one, many are still disgruntled to discover that company CEO Bobby Kotich still has his role at the firm. Especially after the statement made by Xbox lead Phil Spencer when rising accusations were made against the executive, some were hoping the announcement would also come with a final notice for the company lead. But, new reports suggest the move will not be made until after the deal is finished.
According to IGN in a new report, the outlet was told that Kotich will remain to hold his position at the firm “as he has for the last 30 years,” a Microsoft spokesperson explained. Additionally, the publication went on to question the future of Kotich’s position at the firm with Spencer also entering as CEO for Activision Blizzard studios once the deal is completed.
However, The Wall Street Journal in a separate story is said to understand that individuals familiar with the acquisition plans said Kotich is planned to be gone once the arrangement is complete. While it is undetermined how soon until Kotich steps down, both parties involved in the acquisition is said to agree on the decision.
For plans once the deal is set in stone is still underway, one thing is certain for Microsoft is to further excel the standpoint on Xbox Game Pass. In the announcement, Spencer told the subscription will benefit greatly from the deal. He added the service also exceeded 25 million subscribers. You can read the full report by heading here.
Do you think Kotich will be casted out after the acquisition is over?
Source: IGN, The Wall Street Journal