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Activision Blizzard is firing its CFO

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Activision Blizzard chief financial officer Spencer Neumann’s contract has been terminated, the publisher announced this week. Despite a decline in monthly active users and the drop in shares that accompanied the report, Activision Blizzard says that Neumann’s been fired over a "cause unrelated to the Company’s financial reporting or disclosure controls and procedures."

The publisher didn’t specify what the cause was, but Reuters (opens in new tab) reports that Neumann was poached by Netflix and will be the streaming company’s new CFO. 

Returning CFO Dennis Durkin, who until recently was chief corporate officer, is taking over. With the share drop, Activision Blizzard is keen to emphasise Durkin’s experience and the company’s growth during his earlier tenure. 

Even with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (opens in new tab)’s popularity and the addition of the battle royale mode, Blackout, Activision Blizzard’s games aren’t maintaining the kinds of populations the publisher wants. Destiny 2: Forsaken also didn’t perform as well (opens in new tab) as it had hoped. 

Blizzard’s also had a wobbly year. President Mike Morhaime stepped down, BlizzCon was dominated by the poorly-received Diablo Immortal announcement (opens in new tab), the Heroes of the Storm team is being scaled back and its tournaments cancelled (opens in new tab) and, most recently, employees are being paid to leave in the company (opens in new tab) in an attempt to cut costs.

Cheers, CNBC (opens in new tab).

Fraser Brown
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