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Activision Responds To Tim Schafer’s Assault On Its CEO

by Ben Reeves on Jul 14, 2010 at 02:50 PM

Earlier today we reported on how Brütal Legend and Psychonauts developer Tim Schafer referred to Activision CEO Bobby Kotick using some unflattering and colorful language. The world’s largest video game publisher has finally responded to Schafer’s statements.

Here’s the quick recap. Activision was originally suppose to publish Brütal Legend, but then didn’t, so there may be some bad blood between Schafer and Activision to begin with.

In a recent interview, Schafer commented on Kotick’s obligation to Activision shareholders, “Well, he doesn't have to be as much of a d--k about it, does he? I think there is a way he can do it without being a total p--ck. It seems like it would be possible. It's not something he's interested in." Schafer also made statements that Kotick wasn’t much of a video game enthusiast.

This battle could be heating up. According to Kotaku, Maryanne Lataif, Activision’s senior vice president of corporate communications, responded by saying, “Tim Schafer's comment that Bobby Kotick 'makes a big deal about not liking games' just isn't true. Bobby has always been passionate about games, and loves the video game industry. But as CEO of a company that makes games enjoyed by millions of people worldwide, the demands on his time now make it difficult to play games as often as he'd like to or as much as he once did."

Lataif later added, "As Schafer himself notes, he has never actually met Bobby Kotick."

We’re going to get some popcorn; this could get interesting.