Bobby Kotick’s post-deal job status still ‘TBD’, says Microsoft

It has been the talk of the town ever since Microsoft put out a 70 billion dollar bid on Activision: What about Bobby? That’s what people really want to know. Bobby Kotick – lately referred to as a tricky piece of shit – might still be the CEO of Activision now, but will he be when the deal closes? According to Microsoft, that issue hasn’t even made it to the table yet.

It was Axios’ Stephen Totilo‘s keen eye that spotted a new line in Activision Blizzard’s 8-K filing. That filing now suddenly states that Kotick’s position within the company was never discussed prior to the acquisition announcement. It also claims that – to date – it still hasn’t been a discussion point.

“No discussions or negotiations regarding post-closing employment arrangements with Microsoft occurred between Microsoft and Mr Kotick prior to the approval and the execution of the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, or have occurred subsequent to such approval and execution, through the date hereof.”

Geez. Just when I thought my sentences were long… Anywho, what are the options here? Well, whatever they are, Bobby is going to be a rich mothereffer. Since he’s the sole Activision Blizzard executive to hold change-of-control protection, he’ll come out a loaded man. If he stays, he’ll keep raking in those CEO stacks. If he’s asked to pack his shit and go, Microsoft will have to pay him a hefty severance check.

But hey, he’s going to need every single dollar. As promised, Bobby has agreed to wave his CEO fees and make do with the minimum wage as long as problems within Activision persist. And if that wouldn’t work, he even agreed with leaving altogether. Ask The Coca-Cola Company how that went.