Following shock news that Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard, further reports have surfaced online about the latter's CEO, Bobby Kotick. This time, it's been alleged that he was considering buying out video games press to help rebuild Activision Blizzard's reputation.
As reported by Wall Street Journal, these latest claims say Kotick considered several gaming publications, specifically naming Kotaku and PC Gamer as two candidates. Reportedly, this was to reduce critical coverage, after previous reports of sexual harassment within the company emerged last year.
Bobby Kotick Reportedly Planned Kotaku and PC Gamer Buyouts To Reduce Critical Coverage
Specifically, WSJ's report claims:
“Mr. Kotick has been eager to change the public narrative about the company, and in recent weeks has suggested Activision Blizzard make some kind of acquisition, including of gaming-trade publications like Kotaku and PC Gamer, according to people familiar with him.”
This follows yesterday that Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard for an unprecedented $70 billion. That could make future titles exclusive to Xbox and PC platforms, though Microsoft may keep some of Activision Blizzard's games for PlayStation. Make sure to follow us for more gaming news and updates as it happens.