Bobby Kotick, the man who built Activision Blizzard into one of the gaming industry’s giants, is very well-paid but not nearly as well-thought-of these days. Reporter Samson Amore looks at what the Santa Monica-based company's deal with Microsoft could mean for the embattled CEO’s future.
Here’s what else we're reading in the news:
- The company behind Tom Cruise's upcoming movie is planning to build a film studio in space.
- SoCalGas announces it is moving its fleet to hydrogen fuel cell EVs.
- Beverly Hills-based ecommerce giant Boosted Commerce
acquires hair care company FoxyBae.
- Congress approves a bill that would ban platforms from favoring their own services.
- An employee dies at Tesla's factory in Fremont.
- Facebook parent Meta is setting the stage for users to create and sell NFTs.
- Netflix falls short of its subscriber target.
In 2020, Kotick was one of the highest-paid CEOs of any publicly traded company in the U.S.—but after myriad scandals at Activision, he drastically reduced his own salary. The “graceful exit” Kotick is said to desire after Microsoft acquires the video game developer would most likely include a hefty payday.
Amazon Style, the ecommerce giant’s first brick-and-mortar apparel store, will debut at the Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale later this year. Shoppers will be able to scan an item in-store, browse the sizes and colors available and send it on to a fitting room—or directly to checkout.
Los Angeles-based Kippo is updating its app to allow users to create avatars, make connections and participate in shared experiences—like go-kart racing and soccer games—inside its virtual world.
Autonomy—the Santa Monica-based automobile subscription platform until recently known as NextCar—is getting into electric vehicles. The startup provides customers monthly vehicle subscriptions for an all-in price that includes insurance and maintenance costs.
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