It’s always a sad day when prominent members of the game industry step down, and today is no different. After spending eight years with the company, Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing Inc., announced that he would be leaving the company on March 31, 2018, which is when his contract is set to expire.
Eric Hirshberg has had an incredibly prominent role both behind the scenes and in the spotlight, as he attended and spoke at almost every single Activision product announcement during his tenure with the company. The two most recent events include the Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: WWII announcements, both of which were released last year.
While speaking about his departure from the company, Eric Hirshberg had this to say:
“Serving as Activision’s CEO has been an honor and a thrill. This is an amazing company. One which routinely delivers epic experiences for our fans on a scale that no one else can. I have nothing but admiration for the incredible team I have had the privilege to lead. And I have nothing but appreciation for Bobby for giving me this transformational opportunity, and also for having the vision and conviction to champion a creative person for a leadership role on this scale.”
Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Activision Blizzard, Activision Publishing Inc’s parent company, also made a comment:
“During Eric’s tenure we’ve had historic performance and great successes. He is an inspiring leader, and we will all miss his creativity and tenacity very much. He is leaving the team, the franchises and the business in a great place, and he goes with my full support and appreciation.”
As of the time of this writing, Activision Blizzard has not currently chosen a new CEO, however, it did confirm that it is in search for one, so expect an announcement sometime within the next two months.
In other Activision news, today the NPD revealed that the publishing company is still on top, as Call of Duty: WWII was the number one game for the month of December 2017, and the entire year combined.