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. Activision saw massive successes like Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Skylanders, Destiny, and Call of Duty: WWII, among other hugely profitable titles.
Hirshberg will be well known to fans of the Call of Duty series. He has regularly appeared on stage to boost each iteration of the shooter series. He also helped to shepherd the challenging, but successful launch of the Destiny series. According to Activision, Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2 were the top selling games last year. Hirshberg has also been active in pushing Call of Duty as an eSports contender, launching the first $1 million Call of Duty Championship in 2011 and the Call of Duty World League in 2015.
He is staying until March as the search for a new CEO of Activision Publishing commences.