Vivendi, Activision's controlling shareholder in 2013, wanted to fire CEO Bobby Kotick, as revealed in emails that are part of a lawsuit filed by Activision investors (via Bloomberg
). During negotiations for Activision to buy the majority
of its own shares back from Vivendi in 2013, Kotick refused any deal that excluded his own investment group, a stance that made Vivendi executives consider losing him entirely, the filing says.
One email from then-CEO of Vivendi, Jean-Francois Dubos, said, "I really wonder who's going to fire him." Philippe Capron, Vivendi CFO and Activision chairman, replied, "Myself, happily. Tomorrow if you want."