ROBERT A. KOTICK (born 1963) is an American businessman who serves
Activision Blizzard .
He was the head of several technology companies early in his career.
He purchased a stake in
Activision in 1990, and became
CEO the next
year. Kotick engineered the
Activision Blizzard merge, and he became
CEO of the combined company in 2008.
He is on a couple company boards. From 2003 until 2008, he was a
Yahoo! . On February 16, 2012, he was elected an outside
The Coca-Cola Company .
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 2.1 Early career
* 2.2 Work with
* 2.3 Recent
* 3 Boards of Directors
* 4 Controversy
* 4.1 Gaming press
* 5 Personal life
* 6 References
* 7 External links
Born in 1963 in the United States, Robert "Bobby" Kotick grew up in
New York. He attended the
University of Michigan in the 1980s.
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Kotick began his career in 1983 while he was still in college at the
University of Michigan , when he began creating software for the
Apple II with financial backing from
Steve Wynn . Kotick credits
Steve Jobs for advising him to drop out of college to pursue his
entrepreneurial interests in the software business.
In 1987, he tried to acquire
Commodore International . He planned to
remove the keyboard and disk drive from the
Amiga 500 and turn it into
the first 16 bit video game system. He was unsuccessful in persuading
Commodore's then-Chairman Irving Gould to sell control of the company.
He subsequently purchased a controlling stake in Leisure Concepts,
Nintendo 's licensing agent, which was renamed
4Kids Entertainment .
Kotick and his partner Brian Kelly bought a 25% stake in Activision
in December 1990, and became
CEO in February 1991. Kotick also
served as a founder of International Consumer Technologies and was
President from 1986 to January 1995. In 1995, International Consumer
Technologies became a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision.
WORK WITH ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
At Activision, Kotick set out to build "an institutional quality,
well managed company with a focus on the independent developer." In a
14 June 2010 interview with gaming blog
Kotaku , Kotick stated,
"…art of the whole philosophy of
Activision was whether you're owned
outright or not, if you're a studio you have control of your destiny,
you could make decisions about who to hire, flexibility on what
products to make, how to make them, schedules appropriate to make
Kotick engineered the
Activision Blizzard merge, and stockholders of
Activision Blizzard approved Kotick as
CEO of the combined company on
9 July 2008. In 2009, as reported by
Forbes magazine, Robert Kotick
received approximately $3.2 million USD in salary, benefits, options
and incentives for his work with
Activision Blizzard, of which
$953,654 was his actual salary. By 2013, Kotick was the second
CEO in the United States, earning $64.9 million
USD, mostly in stock.
Kotick has used
Activision Blizzard's industry position to push
partners for changes that he maintains would benefit the gaming
community. In July 2009, Kotick threatened to stop making games for
PlayStation 3 platform if
Sony did not cut the price of the
console. Kotick also urged the British government to reward
Activision for continuing to invest in the country's pool of game
developers by providing
Activision with the same kinds of tax
incentives provided by
Singapore and eastern bloc countries.
Kotick has launched an Independent Games Competition with $500,000 in
total available prize money for small developers working with new
platforms and has stated that "keeping passion in game development is
something that's important to him."
In October 2009, under Kotick’s direction,
Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit public benefit
corporation, which helps soldiers transition to civilian careers after
their military service, with a commitment to create thousands of jobs
for veterans including those returning from the
Middle East . Kotick
recruited an advisory board composed of veterans representing the
various service branches.
In October 2016, Kotick confirmed the creation of Activision
Overwatch League . In November 2016,
inked a deal with Kotick where he might receive bonuses if certain
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* ^ "Don’t Be Surprised When
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August 6, 2008. Retrieved September 27, 2008.
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seekingalpha.com. seekingalpha.com . August 5, 2009. p. 8. Retrieved
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* ^ "Activision\'s Kotick: I\'d Raise Game Prices Even More —
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* ^ Amy Chozick (December 15, 2012). "At Activision, a Hero and
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