Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has had a pretty big year, all things considered. The sales success of his company's titles helped soften (but not completely abate) the blow of the economic crisis, garnering the company a smaller stock drop than their fellow big-name developers. The merger he helped create last December
drastically increased Activision's second-quarter revenue to about twice the amount that the company earned on its own in Q2 of last year. Also, he made a bunch of comments
that made gamers really angry. Oh, wait -- that's a bad
For the first two achievements listed above, Kotick was recognized as a finalist in Marketwatch's 2008 CEO of the Year award
. Ultimately, he didn't win -- that honor went to Hasbro's Brian Goldner. However, we hear he's still in the running for Colgate's prestigious "Most Precious Smile of 2008" award. Best of luck, Bob-o!