Blizzard boss defends Activision’s Kotick

By Brenna Hillier, Tuesday, 29 March 2011 02:08 GMT

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick cops a lot of flack, but not from Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime, a staunch defender.

“I have an advantage there because I know Bobby personally and we have very long, in-depth conversations, so my view of him is not limited to small sound bites taken out of context,” the Blizzard founder told MCV.

“I can tell you that Bobby has been very supportive of Blizzard and that we have a great relationship with him. I don’t think the public image that some people have of him is fair or accurate.”

Morhaime also offered a comment on the oft-touted “Ativision-Blizzard merger”, maintaining that Acti did not purchase Blizzard.

“Our parent company Vivendi bought Activision,” he clarified, later detailing Blizzard’s feelings on the move.

“We were convinced that they did and that they were doing this for the right reasons, that the two businesses were complementary and that we wouldn’t be giving up our creative autonomy in any way. And that’s exactly how it’s panned out.”

Mega-publisher Activision was merged with the World of Warcraft creator in 2008.

Thanks, CVG.


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