September 23, 2010

Bobby Kotick… The Anti-Christ or Just a Solid Businessman

Bobby Kotick has been referred to as many things.  Greedy, Self Righteous, asshole, crook, arrogant prick and the list goes on.   However does this make what he runs Activision inherently wrong?

Corporations are required by law to do whatever it takes to make money and their responsibility is to their shareholders.  Activisions shareholders expect them to make money and make money they have. 

“Activision Blizzard Inc. said sales of its blockbuster Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 have exceeded $1 billion worldwide since it launched Nov. 10. 

Though the Santa Monica publisher didn’t specify how many units it had sold, that’s probably close to 15 million based on the 8 million units the game sold in its first week, generating $550 million in receipts” – Los Angeles Times

An interesting fact that I learned while I was in school is that corporations have to listen to their shareholders even if it goes against their personal convictions.  For example, say leaving the stadium lights on longer at night helps boost sales.  The owner of the stadium then finds out that leaving the lights on keeps all the surrounding neighborhoods awake because the light from the stadium shines inside their homes.  Hearing this, the stadium owner shuts the lights off earlier but then looses the additional sales revenues.  The shareholders see the loss in profits and tell him to turn the lights back on to drive the sales back up.   He promptly refuses to do so and in turn get’s sued by the shareholders and the share holders win in court.  This is based off of a real work example that happened a number of years ago and it goes to show how ruthless a corporation and shareholders can be. 

Companies are built by the consumers that support them.  In addition have having massive sales revenue from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Activison has made a stunning $37.5 million dollars from DLC for MW2 alone in the last year.  While you may hear many decree that if he doesn’t stop his “evil ways” people will stop supporting the company the truth of the matter is that sales figures don’t lie and Bobby Kotick his band of pirates made one of the most successful games to ever be released.  A game that is so successful that people are willing pay $30 dollars for 10 extra multiplayer maps, half of which are just rehashes of old maps released with it’s predecessor.

Bobby Kotick may be a greedy immoral bastard and many may consider him to be the anti-Christ of the gaming world.  You have to admit, however, that he has helped create a gaming franchise that has brought in more money with on title then most Hollywood blockbuster titles.  So long as people continue to shell out millions, nay, billions of their dollars for his games he is not likely to stop his business model. 

Personally I think Bobby Kotick is the biggest bastard to come along in a long time and the way he schemes people out of millions of dollars makes me sick to my stomach.  I do not own, nor will I ever buy Modern Warfare 2 because of my personal disgust on how he’s turned a franchise into a way to milk people of millions of dollars.  Having said all of that I have to respect the fact that he’s convinced people that it’s ok to spend top dollar on DLC, pay more for less game.  While I hate to admit it, Bobby Kotick, as a businessman, is doing a good job.


  1. ScrotusKilmystr - September 26, 2010 12:43 am

    well for one because of his business models he pretty much destroyed infinity ward becasue the orginal founding members no longer wanted to crank out call of duty games the dispute lead to legal issues and the entire main body quitting cabxyz has a post on it.

  2. Scythoro - September 25, 2010 10:11 am

    So what exactly has he done that has you guys up in arms against him?

  3. ScrotusKilmystr - September 25, 2010 1:29 am

    funny that picture makes him look like that kid from the movie “The Toy” and “A Christmas Story” who later whored himself in porn haha
    Sad to say but if all the CEO/CFO pricks were held accountable for bad business practies then capitalism would collaspe and the goverment would have to bail them out….again could you see washington holding hearing about lending the gaming industry bailout money? haha

  4. thsoundman - September 24, 2010 3:43 pm

    I don’t disagree for a second that Bobby Kotick is a complete douchebag. I mean even looking at him i think “Holy Crap this guy looks like a scheming douchbag”. I wish companies had some sort of responsibility to the public so when they do lame ass shit like Bobby does they would have to answer to them.

  5. CABXYZ - September 23, 2010 11:28 pm

    Some one will, Activision is the most hated yet the most profitible. I wish more of the normal gaming audience new of this guy and the damage he does to the industry. Call of duty would dry up as would guitar hero and half of the shovelware they put out on a monthly basis. I have another news story of his I am covering tomorrow in the gamerschat that makes him more of a prick. Yes he knows how to make a profit but he also knows how to stifel creativity in a creative industry.

  6. thsoundman - September 23, 2010 9:57 pm

    LOL this guy does look like a solid prick… I can’t help that he has an misfortunate crash on the way to a meeting with his shareholders. The gaming world can’t be rid of him soon enough. I’m sure some other asshole will roll up to take his place tho.


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