Over the years, Activision's CEO, Bobby Kotick, has obtained a rather negative image in the eyes of much of the video games industry and also amongst gamers. It first started when he stated that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 would have an increased RRP, and has got worst from there.
However, the founder of Blizzard, Mike Morhaime, believes that a lot of people don't see the real Kotick. Speaking to MCV, Moraime said "I can tell you that Bobby has been very supportive of Blizzard and that we have a great relationship with him. I don't think the public image that some people have of him is fair or accurate."
He also stated that despite the relationship between Activision and Blizzard, Kotick has never once tried to interfere with how they run things.
"We wouldn't have supported the merger had we not believed Bobby and Activision understood how special Blizzard is and weren't supportive of our values. We were convinced that they did, that the two businesses were complementary and that we wouldn't be giving up our creative autonomy in any way. And that's exactly how it has panned out."