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Activision responds to Tim Schafer

Bobby Kotick is "passionate" about games.

Activision has responded on Bobby Kotick's behalf to remarks made by Tim Schafer in a Eurogamer interview yesterday that condemned the curly-haired mega-publisher-boss as a "total prick" who doesn't like games.

"Tim Schafer's comment that Bobby Kotick 'makes a big deal about not liking games' just isn't true. Bobby has always been passionate about games and loves the videogame industry," commented Maryanne Lataif, senior vice president of corporate communications at Activision Blizzard.

"But as CEO of a company that makes games enjoyed by millions of people worldwide, the demands on his time now make it difficult to play games as often as he'd like to or as much as he once did."

"As Schafer himself notes," she added, "he has never actually met Bobby Kotick."

Schafer said he hoped Bobby Kotick would go back to another industry "soon" so he could concentrate on making more money. "Ball bearings," he joked, "something that suits his passions more. Weapons manufacturing?"

Check out the full Eurogamer interview with Tim Schafer to see what else we discussed.