ActivisionPublishing CEO Eric Hirshberg has announced to his staff that he will be leaving the company.
If you're confused on how the corporate structure works, ActivisionPublishing is the first half of Activision Blizzard, and oversees franchises like Call of Duty, Destiny, and Skylanders, all of which enjoyed significant success under Hirshberg's leadership. We assume Hirshberg is off to seek new ventures, though he has not yet stated what those might be. Call of Duty has been the one of (if not the) highest-earning games annually across the entire industry, with both Destiny games performing in kind. Hirshberg has been with the Call of Duty publisher for almost a decade, and has seen the firm through a number of major software releases, including multiple Call of Duty titles and two Destiny games.
One of the biggest video game publishers in the world is about to lose one of its key leaders. "He is leaving the team, the franchises and the business in a great place, and he goes with my full support and appreciation". Hirshberg has been with the company as chief executive since 2010, and will remain in the role until March. This is the antithesis of Kojima/Konami, in other words.
Hirshberg came on board at Activision during a critical time after several sudden departures and legal troubles between the company and members of its Infinity Ward Call of Duty development studio. We're definitely interested in learning who gets the job, and can't help but wonder if Kotick will feel inspired to put his faith in another individual who doesn't fit the position's traditional mold. Wonder how much moolah this guy's worth in the comments section below.
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