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Activision Responds To Accusations That Its CEO Is A Total Prick

Brutal Legend and Grim Fandango creator Tim Schafer labeled Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick a "dick," "total prick" and, most damning, a ball bearing enthusiast. Fair enough. Just don't accuse Mr. Kotick of not liking video games, Activision says.

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tehk1w12744d ago

I never met Hitler. Still know he was a bit of a douche.

lociefer2744d ago (Edited 2744d ago )

well if he liked games as stated, why is he fckin the industry up

DA_SHREDDER2744d ago

I totally agree with you on that man. I mean, if you love games, then why doesn't COD have dedicated servers on consoles yet? Oh, I bet Mr. KoDick loves playing on p2p servers right? GTFO!

HammockGames2744d ago (Edited 2744d ago )

Everyone knows he's the definition of a total prick - and that's just the G-rated version.

Safe to say most of us reserve more abrasive language to describe this guy. Anyone wanna' share their colorful examples (parental warning: some material may be unsuitable for children under the age of 18)?

Godmars2902744d ago

Don't you mean why is he openly putting shareholders before the company's customers?

I mean, its in a CEO's job description to look out for the people who actually invest in the company rather than the people who by the product that company makes, but he's shown by example he's willing to compromise the quality of that product and shortchange the people who make the product if it means adding a nickel or dime to the shareholder's short term profit margin.

1Victor2744d ago

take the response and change "games" with "money" ,only then it'll make more sense.

morganfell2744d ago

Despite the jackassery that Kotick perpetrates, it is just as mind numbing to see Kotaku act as if sales figures are a point to justify that moron's behavior. Only Kotaku could be so dense...

badz1492743d ago

not even dedicated server on PC, let alone consoles! he likes video games as long as sheeps keep paying for his rip-off practices! and that's all about it! $$$$

@godmars

and as a gamer you're happy with him trying to buck cash from the industry/gamers with his rip-off practices just so he can please several people? are u a gamer at heart or one of those investors??

Godmars2902743d ago

Please tell me people aren't taking my earlier comments as an attempt to defend Kotick ruining gaming much less Activision.

pustulio2743d ago

Does someone expects an employee to come out and say "Hey my boss is a fucking dick"?

Kotick is a greedy son of a bitch, if he could he would already made a system in wich you would get raped and get all your money stolen.

rockleex2743d ago

Yea, and Hitler was passionate about Jews.

UnwanteDreamz2743d ago (Edited 2743d ago )

"if he could he would already made a system in wich you would get raped and get all your money stolen"

They did but it could only take 60$, it was called MW2.

sikbeta2743d ago

The Response to accusations coming from Actvision =

"I Know Right?..."

NoBias2743d ago

"Bobby has always been passionate about games, and loves the video game industry. But as CEO of a company that makes games enjoyed by millions of people worldwide, the demands on his time now make it difficult to play games as often as he'd like to or as much as he once did."

When you love games, you FIND time...

bviperz2743d ago

He loves games but loves money more. What a greedy dick!

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rroded2744d ago (Edited 2744d ago )

the guy ony cares bout money fleecing gamers and developers is all he does well.

ps for all of you that havnt tried it yet do yourself a favor n buy brutal legend the games super cool fun n dirt cheap new right now.

Game-ur2744d ago

Activations new publicity guy got straight to work

DaTruth2744d ago (Edited 2744d ago )

From what I've seen, Hitler likes Jews as much as Kotick likes games!

Edit: Wow, just lost all my bubbles trying to move my comment below! That was a terrible bug.

IdleLeeSiuLung2743d ago

actually I tried the Brutal Legend demo and it was [email protected] Jack Black is awesome, but the game wasn't really that good!

Legionaire20052744d ago (Edited 2744d ago )

had a F up!!! life that almost wreck havoc everywhere around the world. Good thing he killed himself with a gun(They say a bullet never lies).

Rush2744d ago (Edited 2744d ago )

Wir müssen die Juden ausrotten! /s

DaTruth2744d ago

From what I've seen, Hitler likes Jews as much as Kotick likes games!

ps3best2744d ago

hitler a bit of a douche haha

a bit of an understatement

BubblesDAVERAGE2744d ago

that was funny....As im sure Sarah Palin is a douche...

LeonSKennedy4Life2743d ago

She's a very nice lady...and that's been said of her by various politicians, regardless of party.

Care to discuss Hillary Clinton and her personality?

atticus142744d ago

of course he likes games

1. Make a CoD game
2. Profit!!

He loves games!

STK0262743d ago

I do believe it is possible Kotick actually loves games, however, please remember that his job is not playing game, it is being CEO of Activision Blizzard, the biggest third party publisher in the world.

He is not paid to play games and make gamers happy, he is however paid to boost game sales and make his company as profitable as possible. Remember, most of Activision shareholders don't care about a game's quality, they want to see it sell. If Kotick were to act and put quality over quantity, and sales were to go down, he would lose his job in a matter of weeks.

And while I'd like to say that quality equals sales, we all know by now that it is not true.

I'm not saying Kotick hasn't been acting like a douche for the past few years, but you have to understand that it's his job to make these tough decisions. And since the article brought up Brutal Legend, it was from a financial standpoint, a good decision from Activision not to publish the title as its sales were unimpressive.

The truth is, the game industry is not any different than any other business, all that matters is profits. Think of Activision as the McDonald's of games, it won't sell you the best products, but it will sell a ton, making it the top dog.

LebaNoob2742d ago

Finally someone who's not commenting out of his ass! Bubbles.
And everyone comparing Kotick to Hitler needs SERIOUS help.

YoungKingDoran2743d ago

sure most companies try to balance between keeping the stockholders happy and keeping the customers happy, and most of them do it with a bit of dignity. this 'prick' however must think its cool to blatantly bend over for the shareholders

Pain2743d ago

He called him a prick... he is.. so stick with it and dont a scared lil boy when Big bad activision PR comes flying back with corporate PR dribble.

Darkfocus2743d ago

the first comment there is almost exactly the same....

unless your the person that posted on kotaku too then just ignore me.

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Silly gameAr2744d ago (Edited 2744d ago )

Can't stand Micheal McWhertor, though I never met him. Does that make him any less of a know it all prick?

HeroXIV2744d ago

Hate the whole Kotaku crew (I think..., could be one good member) Crecente and Totilo are definitely pricks.

Optical_Matrix2744d ago

Must be high. If Kotick likes videogames, then my ball bag was sculpted by Micheal Angelo. No way this C U Next Tuesday likes games when he's actively going out of his way to ass rape the fun and consumer pleasure out of the industry.

CobraKai2744d ago

If my videogames can sucker people into giving me their billions for re-hashed iterations of the same game every year, I'd love games too.

PainisCupcake2744d ago

Anyone care to make a voodoo doll of Koclick? I'd wager that everyone would put the needles in the crotch area only....

the-show-stopper2744d ago

no point in putting any in the heart cause he dont got one