Activision Blizzard employees are demanding the resignation of CEO Bobby Kotick, and some are planning a Tuesday walkout after the blast. wall street journal Report how the company handles sexual harassment complaints.
running the news: The Journal, citing interviews and internal documents, found that Kotick not only knew of numerous instances of sexual assault, but also had a history of personally defending abusers and reports of harassment. Activision Blizzard called the report “misleading.”
- According to the WSJ, Kotick “didn’t inform the board of directors of everything he knew, even after launching an investigation into the incidents in 2018, interviews and documents show.”
- Kotick reportedly harassed an assistant “by threatening to kill him in voicemail.” A spokesperson told the WSJ that he “regrets the exaggeration and tone in his voicemail.”
What are they saying: “We have made our zero tolerance policy,” tweeted The ABK Workers Alliance, a group of workers attempting to form a union.
- “Until Bobby Kotick is replaced as CEO, we will not remain silent, and will continue our original demand for third-party review by an employee-selected source.”
Other than this: Activision Treyarch co-head Dan Bunting has left the company, a spokesman confirmed to Nerdshala.
- The WSJ reports that Bunting was charged with harassment in 2017, but was not fired after Kotick intervened. “Mr. Bunting, who led Treyarch through the production of several successful Call of Duty games, was mentored and allowed to remain at the company,” writes the Journal.
- When asked about the reporting, an Activision Blizzard spokesperson told Nerdshala that “after considering possible actions in light of that investigation, the company decided not to terminate Mr. Bunting but to implement other disciplinary measures.” to chose.”
- Bunting reportedly left the company after being questioned by the WSJ about the incident.
- The SEC launched an investigation against Kotick and Activision Blizzard in September.
- The company has also been subject to several high profile departures.
What are they saying: In a statement to Nerdshala, an Activision Blizzard spokesperson said the company is “disappointed by the Wall Street Journal report that presents a misleading view of Activision Blizzard and our CEO.”
- “Instances of sexual misconduct brought to their attention were processed. The WSJ ignores significant changes to create the industry’s most welcoming and inclusive workplace and does not account for the efforts of the thousands of employees who work hard every day. To live up to their – and our – values.”
- In a video shared with employees Tuesday, Kotick reiterated that sentiment, accusing the painting’s report of “a false and misleading view of our company, personally and my leadership.”