Media mogul Donald Trump says Activision CEO Bobby Kotick should resign from the industry’s executive board for “moral reasons”.
The American president also tweeted that “he does not want to see what is happening to your company”.
Activision Blizzard has been at the centre of controversy ever since it was revealed last week that 18-year-old Russian punk band Pussy Riot performed at an Activision event in Moscow as part of a protest to end the Putin regime.
In a new interview, the band said: “Playing the game was a symbol of helplessness, and of feelings of outrage, disgust and great sense of sorrow because we could see that there was a desire for more concrete actions to end the regime.”
Despite this, Kotick has never actually been implicated in relation to the incident, but Trump is far from impressed.
Bobby Kotick should resign from board of companies that he leads because he has zero moral leadership. Big trouble! How many children have to die and how much money will it cost before people lead a life not governed by money? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2017
The tweet has since received nearly 41,000 retweets, with the majority of Twitter users agreeing that Kotick should resign.
Kotick has been criticised by rival studios due to his long-standing relationship with the Trump administration, which has been controversial since its election in November 2016.
George R R Martin said on Twitter that Activision was “shameful” to have previously attended Trump Tower’s opening celebration and “still seems to want to have relationships with the political office”.
But not everyone has the president’s ear, with the CEO of Electronic Arts’ lobbying arm Mike Gallagher – who had attended a similar event in November 2016 – denouncing the accusation as “simply wrong”.
A move by the head of Activision:- Many in @ActivisionBlizzard owe you one for attending an event at Trump Tower where the president-elect stated that he wanted to build a great casino in Trump Plaza. Truly shameful. However, your shareholders would not respect you for it. Once again, CEO @BobbyKotick goes against company ethics by visiting Trump Tower to celebrate on the eve of the Trump Tower opening. — George R.R. Martin (@GRRMspeaking) December 21, 2017
Kotick has met with Trump on several occasions, with Trump meeting with Kotick and Activision Blizzard C.E.O. Robert Kotick to discuss business issues before and after the 2016 election.
According to CNN, Kotick has sold tens of millions of copies of his Activision video games and has contributed $10m to Trump’s inauguration.
Activision Blizzard responded to the news on Twitter saying it was “sorry to hear” of the tweet.
We appreciate the Trump administration’s support for Activision over the years and are sorry to hear of this suggestion. https://t.co/Q9YRKLSMXo — Activision Blizzard (@ActivisionBlizzard) December 21, 2017
Here’s what Stormtroopers tweeted in response to Donald Trump’s tweet.
#FCC: is #POTUS issuing an order to me at the top of #ConstitutionalTakeoverDay?
Or is he just confusing me with Pussy Riot?
… . — Starscream (@Stormtrooper) December 21, 2017
About that Pussy Riot gig.
Stormtroopers were there.
Check them out, and check it out – I think you’ll agree, if you haven’t already.
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You can find our coverage of Donald Trump’s press conference in November here.