Friday, April 16, 2010

Bobby Kotick Hates You

Patch 3.3.3
This may not be news to you, but it was news to me because I'm a baddie when it comes to following actual news about Blizzard. So, in 2007, Activision and Blizzard got the wheels in motion for a corporate merge (which was news to me in itself), but the news that I'm really talking about is the slew of bad that Activision | Blizzard's CEO, Bobby Kotick, spewed at the Deutsche Bank Securities Technology Conference in San Francisco in September 2009, just last year.

I know it's probably really bad of me to quote another article that quotes this guy, so I won't, I'll just link it and hope you read it. ^_^ And here's another article for good measure.

TL;DR - My opinion is basically this: Bobby Kotick is a greedy businessman who is clearly unashamed of creating a horrible corporate environment for the developers who make the games he's getting rich off of, and wringing as much profit from gamers as humanly possible.

Thanks to badkarm4, a user on, for his informative comment on the [Celestial Steed] mount. What a way for me to find out about some filthy greedy man hiding behind my favorite game... It's so sad: A boycott of WoW would be the proper action, but... it's WoW. /sigh WoWcrack... I dunno, what do you think?


  1. This guy... has a doucheface. Really, what a shit-eating grin.

    And I know that HE won't hurt for anything if gamers boycott Activision products, especially because I lot of them can't keep their mouths shut and not bash the GAME instead of the jerk running the company. And if the game gets bashed, then the developers are the ones that take the heat and get fired for bad sales figures instead of guys like this.

    It's a hard choice. :/

  2. Ouch!. But, as Misae and the bloggers mentioned, boycotting Activision will just hurt the programmers. CEOs are untouchable. It's very unfair.

  3. As I understand it, Kotick doesn't really have any say at all over Blizzard. Activision merely publishes their games while Blizz produces.

  4. @Misae Silverfall - Ya, it is a hard choice. But in the end, a boycott really does just hurt the developers and not the big wigs. =/

    @Joseph - You are so right.

    @Andrea_D - I see, but that still doesn't help the fact that Kotick said what he said about making the work environment for his employees more hectic and just plain bad.