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Activision CEO of Publishing Erich Hirshberg Stepping Down in March

19 January 2018

According to Activision, Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2 were the top selling games a year ago. Eric Hirshberg, the CEO of the Activision half of Activision Blizzard, has announced he'll be leaving the company in March.

"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", a spokesperson for Activision said in an emailed statement. No reason has been given for Hirshberg's impending departure, but Activision is now searching for a replacement. Call of Duty is still the best selling game franchise released annually while Destiny 2 came out a year ago and was an improvement over the 2014 original game. Activision is a juggernaut in the video game world thanks to Call of Duty, Destiny, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, but it has seen some slips in terms of public perception in the last few years.

As far now, Activision Blizzard has said it is currently conducting a search for the next CEO of the company, so news on that will likely come closer to March. He is an inspiring leader, and we will all miss his creativity and tenacity very much.

"This is an fantastic company", said Hirshberg, in an emailed statement. One which routinely delivers epic experiences for our fans on a scale that no one else can. In his time at Activision, the chief saw the continued success of Call of Duty, as well as the introduction of Destiny and Skylanders. "I have nothing but admiration for the incredible team I've had the privilege to lead".

Hirshberg's landmark achievements with Activision will be hard to replicate.

Activision CEO of Publishing Erich Hirshberg Stepping Down in March