Yes, Mr. Kotick is one of the most hated people in the industry for good reason. Check out this
extremely detailed and disturbing post on Teamliquid.net about how little he cares for his developers and the games produced by the studios under Activision.
Personally, I blame him for the deluge of bad decisions coming out of Blizzard regarding Starcraft II, including:
-No LAN play
-No cross-regional play
-Fees for tournaments and a more centralized, locked-down system in Battle.net 2.0
Most or all of these features were available in the Starcraft, which was released in 1998
! I expect some or all of the features that the community is clamoring for will
be introduced eventually--for a subscription fee.
Because that's all Kotick sees in the Starcraft community: a bunch of passive cows who are just begging to be milked of all their worth.
And the worst part is, I pre-ordered Starcraft II anyway. Sigh.