Microsoft President Matt Booty will lead Activision Blizzard

The time will come in two days. The next step in the Activision Blizzard acquisition is here. Slowly but surely we see Microsoft entering the company.

Because on December 29, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick will officially step down. Microsoft has not yet named a direct replacement, instead, a group of executives (including Blizzard president Mike Ybarra and Activision publisher and Activision Blizzard vice president Thomas Tippl) led by Microsoft gaming head Matt Booty will take over temporarily.

Kotick’s departure comes just two months after a series of changes of the guard that saw Sarah Bond promoted to head of Xbox and Matt Booty promoted to head of game including oversight of Bethesda and ZeniMax studios. Booty will now take on more responsibilities with Bethesda, Activision Blizzard, and Xbox Game Studios, all under his supervision.

Microsoft is keeping Activision Blizzard’s leadership team largely intact, with some exceptions at the executive level. Activision Blizzard Chief Communications Officer Lulu Meservey will leave the company at the end of January. Hammam Sakhnini (Vice Chairman of Blizzard and King) will also leave at the end of December. A number of Activision Blizzard executives will also leave in March.

Additionally, a note from Matt Booty announced some changes to ZeniMax and Bethesda, including that Jill Braff (Photo) The new president of those studios was also named. Braff worked on the integration team when ZeniMax and Bethesda joined Xbox in 2021 and will lead the studios’ development teams.

Microsoft continues to integrate Activision Blizzard into its broad Microsoft Gaming business, and it’s clear that Matt Booty now has more responsibility than ever before. Xbox fans are now awaiting plans to add Activision Blizzard games to Xbox Game Pass. Spencer previously indicated that we will have to wait until 2024 to get news about these game additions. Activision Blizzard also revealed this at X, before the Microsoft deal closed Modern Warfare III And Diablo IV Both will be added to the card that year.

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