March 30, 2010: In a "Activision Blizzard restructuring move", the above often quoted CFO (Chief Financial Officer) Thomas Tippl is, according to Massively and the L.A. Times put in charge as COO (Chief Operations Officer) of the "Blizzard business unit", with Mike Morhaime directly reporting to him, according to Joystiq Tippl basically gets paid more, the more revenue the company makes ...
http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/viewmessage.php?topic_id=128252 (May 30, 2010)
The full post has the sources of this information. I do not think Activision or Blizzard have made an official announcement. I think Mike Morhaime is still listed as CEO, but if he reports to Thomas Tippl the Chief Operations Officer, then he has been in effect demoted.
The implications are frightening. The whole post is frightening. There are a large number of comments that make interesting reading in themselves. You will need an Alka Seltzer after reading all this, perhaps a stiff drink.
Well, I wasn't all that interested in playing Cataclysm anyway. As for StarCraft 2 ... as an old SC player I'm not all that thrilled to tell you the honest truth. Diablo III ... what I'm thinking is that Diablo III is going to end up cross platform on the consoles with all the limitations that implies.
No skin off my nose I guess. The only game I'm waiting for this year is Elemental: War of Magic.