The Los Angeles Times reports
has undergone a significant internal reorganization and elected not to notify investors or the public. The changes were circulated in an inter-company memo obtained by the newspaper and later confirmed by a company spokesperson.
The new company map features one business unit focused squarely on the Call of Duty
franchise, another overseeing Activision
-owned brands such as Tony Hawk
and Guitar Hero
, and a third unit to handle licensed properties. Blizzard Entertainment
rounds out the fourth unit but interestingly, Blizzard's
Mike Morhaime now reports directly to newly appointed chief operating officer Thomas Tippl, who in turn reports to Activision
CEO Bobby Kotick.
"This is an important change as it will allow me, with Thomas, to become more deeply involved in areas of the business where I believe we can capture great potential and opportunity,
" Kotick said in the employee memo.
Check out the original article from the L.A. Times
[Correction: Activision-Blizzard has two primary divisions, Activision Publishing and Blizzard Entertainment. The Activision Publishing arm has reorganized into three separate business units.]