Seeing this in the newspaper sucks. I don’t know how they were structured prior to this, but I had always assumed that it wasn’t Activision calling all the shots. My original understanding (albeit simply assumed) was that Activision and Vivendi had some sort of merger that brought Blizzard along with it. Now it seems like Blizzard execs report to some guy who then reports to Bobby Kotick (destroyer of worlds).
“This is an important change as it will allow me, with Thomas, to become more deeply involved in areas of the business where I believe we can capture great potential and opportunity,” Kotick said in the memo to employees.
Personally, I hate Activision and I hate Bobby Kotick. They have very little talent aside from the tiny niches they keep locked up under threats. Infinity Ward pointed the finger at them for dictating the price of the new map pack, Bobby Kotick himself has stated his goal is to remove the fun from games and threaten his employees that they’ll lose their job, and now this are more than enough to justify the nerd rage.
I don’t even want to start hypothesizing. I simply want to try and pretend this crap doesn’t happen.