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Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has called reports of a sex scandal that may have ensnared two of his top company executives “untrue,” according to a report on CNNMoney.
This week, Kotick’s friends, media and gaming insiders, and investors flocked to social media to accuse Variety of sensationalism, and to urge Kotick to retain his job.
“Will publish this thread but must admit I’m a bit amused by the level of relentless outrage around Kotick,” tweeted Deepak Ravindran, who writes about gaming for Fortune and Variety.
Joost van Dreunen and Marco Boschi at SuperData Research agreed.
@Kotick @THR @Variety @VarietyInTouch @Variety insider: This is “hurtful” and “untrue”. You work hard. Execs like this don’t bring value to your brand. https://t.co/AZQe6C8cKW — LaPlantina (@LaPlantina) December 29, 2017
The accusations — “untrue” — hit the headlines this week after Variety, citing anonymous sources, said Kate Wilson, a former executive and one-time date of one of the executives, made lewd comments about Kotick’s appearance and complained about their relationship. Wilson was also the former assistant to Kevin King, the top game designer at Activision, according to Variety.
Wilson denied making the allegations, according to Variety.
But the accusations were so disruptive to Activision’s top brass that they called for Kotick to step down, according to a report by Fortune that cited a person close to the company.
@Kotick @THR @Variety @VarietyInTouch @VarietyInTouch insider: This is “hurtful” and “untrue”. You work hard. Execs like this don’t bring value to your brand. https://t.co/AZQe6C8cKW — LaPlantina (@LaPlantina) December 29, 2017
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