The mobile gaming division of Activision will see leadership changes ahead of the Microsoft acquisition

The mobile gaming division of Activision will see leadership changes ahead of the Microsoft acquisit ...

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Activision Blizzard Inc's mobile gaming business, King, announced on Wednesday that two of its senior executives, including one co-founder, would leave the company before its agreement with Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft claimed in January that it was purchasing the "Call of Duty" maker for $68.7 billion in its largest gaming industry history, as global technology giants stake their interests in a virtual future.

Sebastian Knutsson, one of King's founding fathers, is stepping down from his position as head creative officer, the "Candy Crush."

President Humam Sakhnini, who worked for six years at King and 12 years at Activision Blizzard, is also stepping down from his role, citing Tjodolf Sommestad as the replacement. According to the company, Sakhnini is stepping down to return to the United States.

This executive shakeup comes at a time when Activision is already facing a lawsuit from California regulators alleging the company "fostered a sexist culture."

Activision has been subjected to internal investigation reports about allegations of sexual harassment, and its employees have organized walkouts to protest the company's response to the issues.

Activision reported that King's in-game net bookings increased by 14% year over year, driven by 20% growth in its largest franchise, "Candy Crush."

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