Following the recent promotion of Activision CFO Thomas Tippl to COO, reports have emerged of a significant company reorganization that sees Activision Blizzard split into four primary business units.
The four primary units are centered around the Infinity Ward-created Call of Duty franchise, other internal properties like Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk, licensed properties owned by external parties, and Blizzard Entertainment, the last of which has effectively operated as an autonomous business unit since Activision's merger with Vivendi.
According to the Times' reporting, the new licensed games unit will be led by Dave Oxford, current head of Minneapolis-based Activision Value. The internal property group, which includes Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero, will be headed up by owned properties EVP Maria Stipp.
Blizzard will continue under the leadership of current president Mike Morhaime, who reports to Tippl under his new roles.