Activision Publishing CEO to step down; No replacement named

Mindy Sparks
January 19, 2018

After almost 8 years of leadership, Activision CEO Eric Hirschberg is leaving the publisher.

If you're confused on how the corporate structure works, Activision Publishing 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.

His departure from the company was announced on January 18th, with the longtime CEO describing his time at Activision over the years in a statement.

"This is an fantastic company", Hirshberg said. "I have nothing but admiration for the incredible team I've had the privilege to lead".

Bobby Kotick also made a statement, showing appreciation for Hirshberg's service. Hirshberg has been with the company as chief executive since 2010, and will remain in the role until March. Call of Duty is still the best selling game franchise released annually while Destiny 2 came out past year and was an improvement over the 2014 original game.

Eric has had a great run, has delivered many historic successes and is departing on a high note after a great year in 2017. He is an inspiring leader, and we will all miss his creativity and tenacity very much.

Another thing Hirshberg really doesn't get enough credit for is stopping Bob Kotick, who is CEO of Activision Blizzard, from talking to press. "He is leaving the team, the franchises and the business in a great place, and he goes with my full support and appreciation". The company has noted, however, that it's already conducting a search. Hirshberg's replacement will need to help assure those fan bases that Activision has their best interests at heart. He's leaving behind some big shoes to fill.

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