After eight years, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg will depart the company in March.
Speaking to IGN about the news, Activision confirmed his departure with this statement:
After serving for eight years as the CEO of Activision, Eric Hirshberg has decided to leave the company at the conclusion of his contract on March 31st, 2018.
Eric has had a great run, has delivered many historic successes and is departing on a high note after a great year in 2017. As of December 21, 2017, Call of Duty®: WWII and Destiny 2 were the #1 and #2 top-selling console games of 2017 in North America, based on revenue. Additionally, Call of Duty was the top video game franchise for the ninth year in a row in North America, and eight of the last nine years globally, based on revenue.
Eric leaves the company in a strong position for growth, with the franchises, pipeline of future products, and leadership team all in a great place. We are grateful for Eric’s strong leadership during his tenure. He is departing with our utmost respect and gratitude for his contributions to the company.
Activision Blizzard is actively conducting a search for the next CEO of Activision.
Working at Activision Publishing, Hirshberg was responsible for franchises like Call of Duty and Destiny, Skylanders and more.
“Serving as Activision’s CEO has been an honor and a thrill,” Hirshberg said 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.”
The NDP reported today that the Call of Duty series was the overall best seller of both the year and December 2017. Hirshberg leaves Activision in good shape for the future.
“During Eric’s tenure we’ve had historic performance and great successes,” Bobby Kotick adds. “He is an inspiring leader, and we will all miss his creativity and tenacity very much. He is leaving the team, the franchises and the business in a great place, and he goes with my full support and appreciation.”