We don’t have many overlaps with Activision (List of Activision games) and maybe that’s a good thing. There have been repeated reports of misconduct within the company in recent weeks and months. And it always seemed like Activision and Bobby Kotick were cheating in there somehow. Until the bomb exploded that week.
A report from Wall Street Journal It turns out that Activision boss Bobby Kotick has known about the misconduct of some employees for years. Kotick should therefore have been notified directly of the allegations, according to which a former employee was allegedly raped twice by a male supervisor.
After that, an amicable settlement was allegedly reached, about which Kotick did not inform the company’s board of directors – nor about the allegations. In another incident, a male employee would have been rewarded with two weeks of vacation and another position in the company.
The list of allegations is long Eurogamer has collected some. So long that even the state of California in the summer came on the scene. This was followed by a circular from Fran Townsend in the company. The complaint was “really unfounded and irresponsible,” the employees said. The e-mail caused a lot of criticism, to which Kotick called it “inappropriate”. The Wall Street Journal now reports that the email was written by Kotick and that he merely instructed Townsend to send it.
Activision Blizzard was in one first statement little insightful. The Wall Street Journal is accused of ignoring “major changes underway” in the report. Under Kotick’s leadership, “significant improvements” have been made and a “zero tolerance policy for inappropriate behavior” has been put in place.
The barrel has overflowed.
Jim Ryan and Phil Spencer tune in
Since then, it has not only been a group of shareholders, turned against Kotick. Jim Ryan spoke in an email yesterday wrotethat he was “discouraged and frankly stunned”. He was convinced that Activision “hasn’t done enough” to address an entrenched culture of discrimination and harassment. Bloomberg is this one. Email before.
Accordingly, Ryan also assured his employees that they had turned to Activision to clarify how Activision would like to respond. Today Phil Spencer joined in too. He told his associates that Xbox had “all aspects of our relationship” based on the reports. want to evaluate. One is “deeply concerned about the terrible events and actions“.
The pressure on Kotick is increasing every day.
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