Eric Hirshberg is leaving Activision after eight years as CEO of Activision Publishing, a division of Activision Blizzard.

Hirshberg arrived to the company as an outsider from the game industry, bringing his advertiser mentality to how games were marketed. Under Hirshberg, Activision saw massive successes like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Skylanders, Destiny, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, among other hugely profitable titles.

He is staying until March as the search for a new CEO of Activision Publishing commences. Hirshberg is leaving the company on a high note, with Call of Duty: WWII’s debut smashing records.

We have been able to talk to Hirshberg on a few occasions. He spoke with us about the importance of Sledgehammer on the Call of Duty franchise and how development rotation affects the series.

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Hirshberg also talked to us about Hollywood and Call of Duty’s symbiotic love affair.
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“Serving as Activision’s CEO has been an honor and a thrill,” Hirshberg said in a statement release today. “This is an amazing company. One which routinely delivers epic experiences for our fans on a scale that no one else can. I have nothing but admiration for the incredible team I have had the privilege to lead.”