Overwatch Producer Says "Coward" Kotick Is Responsible For Entire Teams Leaving Blizzard

Bobby Kotick is swimming in the money from Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, even if it means he might have to leave the company next year. But an Overwatch producer is wishing the embattled CEO would get the boot sooner, claiming that he's responsible for the high turnover of developers at Blizzard.

In a recent interview with GamesBeat, Kotick explained that his motive for selling Activision Blizzard to Microsoft was due to the delay of Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 sending the game publisher's stocks on a downward spiral rather than the sexual misconduct allegations and the lawsuit that came as a result. Tracy Kennedy begged to differ, quote-tweeting the article to call on Kotick to take responsibility for making the Overwatch dev team work overtime on random projects only for them to get cancelled. This apparently resulted in lost development time for Overwatch 2, and caused entire dev teams to leave Blizzard, citing him as the reason why.

Kennedy then posted a response to her original tweet saying, "Oh wait that's right you hide behind scapegoats because you're a coward, my mistake. The entire world will remember you to be a greedy joke, and there's nothing you can do to change that. We outlasted you and we won. Byeee."

Overwatch 2 was announced in late 2019, but there hasn't been a lot of talks about the game aside from fans impatiently anticipating its release. The only updates, however inconsistent, have been new character designs for pre-existing heroes, but it appears to have been stuck in development hell. It was believed that it would release on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC, but there still isn't a release date attached to it.

Microsoft bought Activision Blizzard for a stunning $70 billion on Tuesday, which led many gaming fans to believe that Kotick would be on his way out, as those working at Activision Blizzard would be reporting to Microsoft's gaming boss Phil Spencer. Unfortunately, Kotick will be keeping his office chair warm until the deal is finalized next year.

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