Eric Hirshberg has held the position of Activision CEO since 2010. After eight years of leading one of the biggest and most successful publishers within the industry, Hirshberg has announced he will be stepping down in March.
The sudden announcement came from Hirshberg to his team in Activision Publishing, a subsidiary of publisher Activision Blizzard. Following the announcement, Activision confirmed the news. Hirshberg released the following statement with regards his 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.”
Hirshberg refers to Bobby Kotick, the current CEO of Activision Blizzard. Kotick also gave a statement regarding Hirshberg’s decision to step down and thanked him for his service to the company.
“During Eric’s tenure we’ve had historic performance and great successes. 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.”
Hirshberg steps away from his role as CEO following what was a banner year for the Activision brand. Just recently, it was confirmed that Call of Duty: WWII was the highest selling game of 2017. Within the same year, the Crash N. Sane Trilogy was a surprise success positioning itself comfortably as the top of the charts.
Looking beyond just last year, Hirshberg kept Activision as one of the most dominating publishers within the industry. Some of the games released under Hirshberg include the Destiny franchise and Skylanders. Hirshberg was met with scepticism when he first took the position due to his professional background. Before taking the top position at the publisher, Hirshberg was not involved with the video game industry. He was an advertising executive who brought his know-how of marketing to Activision which evidently worked in its favour.
According to the Venture Beat, the company is currently looking for a replacement for Hirshberg and hopes to find a suitable one before he steps down in March.