Update: Activison’s board stated that they remain confident with Bobby Kotick in a response to the allegations. The statement can be read in full below:
“The Activision Blizzard Board remains committed to the goal of making Activision Blizzard the most welcoming and inclusive company in the industry. Under Bobby Kotick’s leadership the Company is already implementing industry leading changes including a zero tolerance harassment policy, a dedication to achieving significant increases to the percentages of women and non-binary people in our workforce and significant internal and external investments to accelerate opportunities for diverse talent. The Board remains confident that Bobby Kotick appropriately addressed workplace issues brought to his attention.”
“The goals we have set for ourselves are both critical and ambitious. The Board remains confident in Bobby Kotick’s leadership, commitment and ability to achieve these goals.”
Original Story: A report by the Wall Street Journal alleges that Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick was aware of mistreatment and sexual assault reports. The CEO failed to alert the board and executives about the reports. The extent of this “failure” dates back to “years in past” and is now shaking the company. Activision has once again adopted the same defensive tone in an official response to today’s WSJ report. They call call the article “a misleading view of Activision Blizzard and our CEO” in a statement provided to Eurogamer.
Furthermore, Activision seems to be hesitant to take steps against sexual misconduct in the workplace and at office. The company has repeatedly refused to take action and the news surrounding the CEO is just another step. Moreover, some of the employees are organising a walkout. We will notify you of the recent developments.