50 Most Influential: No. 42 — Bobby Kotick
Activision BlizzardCHANGE FROM 2015: NEWCOMER
In the alluring world of esports, nobody’s got more balls in the air than Kotick. His gaming empire launched an immediate smash hit, Overwatch, in May, and is now selling the likes of Stan Kroenke and Robert Kraft on team ownership in a new league. Meanwhile, his media division, led by Steve Bornstein and Pete Vlastelica, is gearing up for big things in 2017.