Kotick Would "Consider" Leaving Activision Blizzard

The WSJ (may require registration or subscription) follows up on its recent reporting on Bobby Kotick's alleged role in a toxic workplace culture at Activision Blizzard that's resulted in multiple investigations and lawsuits. This states that the embattled CEO has told senior managers he would "consider" leaving the company if he can't "quickly" fix its culture problems. Tom Henderson helps us with the site's paywall by tweeting the relevant portion:
Activision Blizzard Inc. Chief Executive Bobby Kotick has told senior managers he would consider leaving the company if he can't quickly fix the culture problems at the videogame giant, according to people familiar with his comments.

Mr. Kotick, who has led Activision for three decades, stopped short of saying he would step down in a Friday meeting with executives of the company's Blizzard Entertainment unit, but left the possibility open if misconduct issues across the company weren't fixed "with speed," these people said.

Mr Kotick is facing criticism from Activision employees, investors and business partners over how he and the company have handled allegations of sexual misconduct. Some employees and investors have called for him to resign in the wake of a Wall Street Journal investigation into his handling of sexual misconduct allegations and multiple regulatory probes into the company's culture.
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Nov 23, 2021, 06:48
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Ignore what he says, and if a smoking gun does not surface, watch what he does, which will be to continue to sit in his corner suite, doing nothing of substance regarding the allegations while continuing business as usual. Robber baron SOP 101.
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Nov 22, 2021, 22:39
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Nov 22, 2021, 22:39
 
I went long the ATVI stock based on the news today.
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Nov 22, 2021, 19:40
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Re: Kotick Would "Consider" Leaving Activision Blizzard Nov 22, 2021, 19:40
Nov 22, 2021, 19:40
 
His statement is clearly meant to imply that he isn't part of the problem when he absolutely is.
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Nov 22, 2021, 19:00
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Re: Kotick Would "Consider" Leaving Activision Blizzard Nov 22, 2021, 19:00
Nov 22, 2021, 19:00
 
Appling CEO parachute that worth at least 8-digits.........
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Nov 22, 2021, 18:08
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Darks wrote on Nov 22, 2021, 13:24:
Contracts need to be written up that if there is bad behavior and they are fired or forced to resign they get noyhing. No one should be rewarded for this kind of behavior.
Isn't that usually the moral clause in a contract?
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Nov 22, 2021, 17:40
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Re: Kotick Would "Consider" Leaving Activision Blizzard Nov 22, 2021, 17:40
Nov 22, 2021, 17:40
 
30 years of running a toxic company, raping the workers and shareholders both and it STILL isn't enough for this monster and his enablers on the board. Fucking unreal.
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Nov 22, 2021, 17:37
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Jivaro wrote on Nov 22, 2021, 16:40:
I just think it's interesting that he gets to decide whether he is staying or going. The board, the share holders...they are so addicted to this man's 30 year money making machine that they aren't even asking for his resignation or firing him. Even Papa John didn't get to make that call. Then again, Ubisoft kinda worked the same way...with the changes stopping just short of the top floor.
Isn't Ubi privately owned though?
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Nov 22, 2021, 16:43
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Jivaro wrote on Nov 22, 2021, 16:40:
I just think it's interesting that he gets to decide whether he is staying or going. The board, the share holders...they are so addicted to this man's 30 year money making machine that they aren't even asking for his resignation or firing him. Even Papa John didn't get to make that call. Then again, Ubisoft kinda worked the same way...with the changes stopping just short of the top floor.

This^^

They've become addicted to the money the sociopath is putting into their pockets.
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Nov 22, 2021, 16:40
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Nov 22, 2021, 16:40
 Jivaro
 
I just think it's interesting that he gets to decide whether he is staying or going. The board, the share holders...they are so addicted to this man's 30 year money making machine that they aren't even asking for his resignation or firing him. Even Papa John didn't get to make that call. Then again, Ubisoft kinda worked the same way...with the changes stopping just short of the top floor.

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Nov 22, 2021, 16:18
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Simon Says wrote on Nov 22, 2021, 15:50:

Guy really can't take a hint...
It's hard to take a hint when your $200M salary depends on you not taking a hint ( even though he's reduced it to 62K temporarily)
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Nov 22, 2021, 15:50
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Guy really can't take a hint...
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Nov 22, 2021, 15:20
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Nov 22, 2021, 15:20
 
"I'll leave once my buddies on the board figure out the most money I get to leave with".
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Nov 22, 2021, 15:11
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Nov 22, 2021, 15:11
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[Kotick] would "consider" leaving the company if he can't "quickly" fix its culture problems.
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Nov 22, 2021, 14:53
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I'll believe it when I see it.
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Nov 22, 2021, 13:24
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Cram wrote on Nov 22, 2021, 13:02:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 22, 2021, 12:55:
He's part of the "culture problems." Firing him would seem like one way to fix things, and if nothing else, it would improve morale.

My understanding is that's probably exactly what he wants (or would want if he's leaving), and someone correct me if I'm wrong, as if he is "fired" he gets a ridiculous payout per his contract. I do not know if that payout applies if he "resigns".

Contracts need to be written up that if there is bad behavior and they are fired or forced to resign they get noyhing. No one should be rewarded for this kind of behavior.
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Nov 22, 2021, 13:02
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Kxmode wrote on Nov 22, 2021, 12:55:
He's part of the "culture problems." Firing him would seem like one way to fix things, and if nothing else, it would improve morale.

My understanding is that's probably exactly what he wants (or would want if he's leaving), and someone correct me if I'm wrong, as if he is "fired" he gets a ridiculous payout per his contract. I do not know if that payout applies if he "resigns".

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Nov 22, 2021, 12:55
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He's part of the "culture problems." Firing him would seem like one way to fix things, and if nothing else, it would improve morale.
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Nov 22, 2021, 12:43
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Don't let the door hit you on the way out
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Nov 22, 2021, 11:40
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Nov 22, 2021, 11:40
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Ubisoft is hiring!
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Nov 22, 2021, 11:40
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How hard is it to fix? Can't he just fire those complaining?
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