Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision-Blizzard, and the most reviled man in gaming today, has resigned his post unexpectedly. The resignation happened by post, with the letter being delivered to stock holders and new outlets early this morning. The letter has been reproduced in full below.
This is the last time I have spoken to you from this office, where so many decisions have been made that shaped the history of this company. In all the decisions I have made, I have always tried to do what was best for the stock holders.
Throughout the long and difficult period of Koticksizing, I have felt it was my duty to persevere and focus only on franchises that could be exploited every year on every platform with a sequel every 3 months and have the potential to become as financially lucrative as WoW. This strategy worked so well for Guitar Hero until you cheapskates decided not to buy a new guitar with every game.
In the past few days, however, it has become evident to me that I have made enough money that I can safely follow the advice of my favorite song. I’m going to “take the money and run.”
I know you would like me to help you with a transition, but I won’t. Have fun figuring out the files on my computer. I can’t even figure them out most of the time. And speaking of computers, you’ll need to figure out the passwords to all our online resources. I forgot to keep a list of them, so have fun with that.
I’m sure you’d like to have a going away party for me. However, I’m not interested in listening to off key renditions of “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!”
And so, at last, I must bid you a fond adieu. I’ll miss your long-winded hate mail intensely although I’ll never forgive you for sending me so few of them. Finally, I would certainly recommend a deodorant to you but I don’t care enough.
I wish you all the best for the future.
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