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Activision CEO faced firing during Vivendi buyout talks
Activision CEO faced firing during Vivendi buyout talks

Bobby Kotick, chief executive at video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc. (think "Call of Duty" and "World of Warcraft"), saw his job threatened last year when he refused to accept the sale of some of Activision's shares to anyone but a group he controlled, according to court documents. Kotick, Activision Chairman Brian Kelly and their group ended up buying a $2.3-billion stake in Activision from Vivendi SA in a deal that other Activision shareholders are targeting in a lawsuit. Last month, a Delaware judge ruled that the lawsuit should move forward because shareholders had raised legitimate concerns about how Activision's board handled the buyout of...

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