Newbie wrote:Kotick remains in charge until the sale is complete, at least. Hopefully a quick departure will follow.
I think smart money is that MS will dump him after the acquisition, call it a layoff because of the merger and pay him whatever severance is specified in his contract, not mention his harassment at all in public but, internally, try to convince Activision employees that this means they're cleaning house and changing the company culture.
Candy Crush is their money maker, but acquiring Call of Duty seems like the bigger deal in terms of the Microsoft/Sony competition.
We've got a more merger-skeptical FTC than we've had in ages. I bet they don't block the merger but I wouldn't be surprised if they imposed some kind of restrictions. Like maybe no Xbox exclusives for 5 years or something.
Then again, while MS has a monopoly on PC gaming, I'm sure their argument to the FCC will be that they're a distant third place in console gaming and more exclusives will increase their competitiveness with Sony.