When one thinks of the most influential people in sports, Bobby Kotick doesn’t come to mind. Of course he’d be hovering near the top of any list of the most influential people in games, but sports is a whole different arena. Showing just how much power he has, though, Sports Business Daily has listed the Activision Blizzard CEO as number 42 on their list of the 50 most influential people in sports business.
The decision to place Kotick on the list — a new addition for the year — comes from the success of Overwatch and his plans to have heavy hitters invest in a new league.
Kotick shares the list with sports business figures like Roger Goodell, Adam Silver, Gary Bettman and more.
It all goes to show the power of eSports in this changing world of what’s considered a sport.