It’s one of the better known supposed ‘facts’ about Bobby Kotick – he doesn’t like games. But the Activision boss has come out and denied the claims, saying that being a single dad is the only barrier between him and a gaming habit.
I don’t even know how that happened!” Kotick told Edge when asked about the commonly held belief.
It was one of those things where I had at one time said ‘Y’know, I don’t play as much as I used to, I have three kids now, I’m working harder than I’ve ever worked before, I haven’t had the time to play games the way that I would have to, in the same way that I did in the past’. And somehow that morphed into ‘Bobby Kotick hates games!’.
This is my dream job,” he went on to assert. I’ve been playing games since I was 18 years old. I could have bought any company, but I bought a bankrupt game company, and I’ve been doing it for 21 years. The idea that I’m not passionate about games is ludicrous.
In the few interviews that I gave, people were asking me ‘Do you play games today?’ I didn’t want to say ‘Oh yeah, yeah, I play 40 hours a week on Call of Duty, I can’t stop…’. That would just be disingenuous. I say ‘I’m a single father, I pick up my kids from school and we play games together’.”