Eric Hirshberg, the CEO of Activision, is to leave the company this March having spent eight years in the role. During his tenure Activision has changed considerably, moving away from licensed games and new IPs to concentrate on a couple of core products, most notably Destiny and Call of Duty.
“Serving as Activision’s CEO has been an honor and a thrill,” said Hirshberg in a statement. “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.”
Another thing Hirshberg really doesn’t get enough credit for is stopping Bob Kotick, who is CEO of Activision Blizzard, from talking to press. Before Hirshberg we couldn’t get through a week without Bob dropping a clanger such as “Our Spider-Man games have sucked for the last five years. They are bad games,” and telling gamers he “would raise the price” of Call of Duty as much as possible.