Executive Tony Petitti leaves MLB to join Activision Blizzard
Activision Blizzard, among the most famous companies in the video game industry, recently announced a major executive recruit. One of the two MLB Deputy Commissioners will leave to take on a senior position at the country’s largest Esports operator.
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The company recently revealed it would recruit former Major League Baseball executive Tony Petitti. He will become Activision Blizzard’s next president of sports and entertainment. He is all ready to start on 17 August officially.
Main Reason Behind the Petitti’s Recruit
It implies that there has been some sort of shake-up within Activision Blizzard across its film and television divisions. Activision reported former Disney chief Nick Van Dyk working as co-chairman of Activision Studios, however in December 2019 he quit the company.
Tony Petitti’s transfer to the most significant Esports business from the U.S. will surely take everyone by surprise. Petitti moved up the ranks throughout his 12 years at MLB, becoming a crucial member of the close sanctum of Commissioner Rob Manfred. At MLB, he supervised everything between marketing to broadcasting and digital media to exclusive events.
What Role Will Petitti Play as a Member of Activision?
As for his involvement at Activision Blizzard, Petitti will make decisions based on his expertise at both an established league as well as a broadcast network. Petitti will handle Activision Blizzard’s Esports as well as film and television. Prior to this, Petitti served as Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner and chief executive officer.
As for Petitti’s point of view, he stated, “it is obvious that the organization has an amazing ability to connect fans and players in a creative manner. I am also eager to join the organization at such a critical point in its recorded history.”
Petitti was the senior vice president and executive producer at CBS Sports before his Major League Baseball stint. He succeeded in winning 13 Emmy Sports awards. Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, indicated Petitti possesses the abilities needed to assist the company in accomplishing its Esports and entertainment ambitious goals.
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