Roughly 150 Activision Blizzard staff assembled outdoors the Blizzard places of work in Irvine, California yesterday in protest of the corporate’s CEO, Bobby Kotick, following allegations of misconduct made in a current Wall Avenue Journal report.
The staff gathered to protest the chief’s continued position on the firm following claims that the CEO was immediately knowledgeable of assorted misconduct allegations and harassment complaints, together with a sexual assault incident in 2016 at Sledgehammer Video games that was settled out-of-court, but Kotick didn’t inform the Activision Blizzard board of administrators on the time.
The report additionally references an incident in 2006 the place Kotick reportedly threatened to have an assistant killed over voicemail.
Activision launched a defensive assertion in response to the WSJ report which references a lately drafted ‘zero-tolerance coverage’, apparently instigated by Kotick:
The ABK Staff Alliance, who’re calling for Kotick’s resignation, tweeted in response to Activision’s personal assertion:
The report alleges examples of Kotick failing to reveal inside investigations to the board of administrators, and in addition means that the controversial e mail despatched by Fran Townsend to staff following the misconduct and discrimination lawsuit filed in July this yr — one which Kotick subsequently described as “tone deaf” — was, in actual fact, drafted by Kotick himself.
This newest growth within the ongoing Activision Blizzard state of affairs comes after Jen Oneal lately resigned as co-leader of Blizzard following the departure of J. Allen Brack in August. Oneal and Mike Ybarra had been appointed co-leaders, though the previous Vicarious Visions boss stepped down after solely three months. The WSJ report means that her departure got here as the results of being paid lower than Ybarra regardless of their joint place, and from being “tokenised, marginalised, and discriminated in opposition to” on the firm.
The Activision Blizzard board launched an announcement conveying their help and confidence in Kotick which has drawn additional criticism, together with from PlayStation boss Jim Ryan.