Activision will need to find a new CEO later this year because Eric Hirshberg is stepping down from the role in March. He has held this position for eight years seeing the releases of Destiny and the Call of Duty franchise just to name a few.
As reported by VentureBeat current CEO of Activision Publishing, Eric Hirshberg, will step down from the top position in March which is a role he held ever since the year 2010.
Some of the franchises that Hirshberg was responsible for include Destiny, Call of Duty and Skylanders. Each of these franchises helped Activision earn billions of dollars over the years. Call of Duty is still the best selling game franchise released annually while Destiny 2 came out last year and was an improvement over the 2014 original game.
Skylanders took off when it was created a few years ago. Instead of just selling video games, Activision convinced parents to buy lots of expensive toys to go along with the video game too. Kids love the Skylanders franchise and it encouraged other game publishers to mimic its success.
Anyway, Hirshberg said the following about his imminent departure: “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.”
Activision is still one of the biggest gaming publishers in the entire world so Hirshberg’s successor will have very big shoes to fill!