Activision CEO reportedly knew about allegations of sexual misconduct for years

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Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has reportedly known for years about sexual misconduct allegations against the video game giant. on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Kotick failed to inform the company’s board of directors about “everything he knew” about certain incidents, including a 2018 settlement with a former employee at one of Activision’s studios whose alleged Was allegedly raped by a supervisor.

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An Activision Blizzard spokesperson said the report presented a misleading view of the company and its CEO, adding that “instances of sexual misconduct that were brought [Kotick’s] Attention was given.”

Activision Blizzard – the game publisher behind such popular franchises as World of Warcraft, Diablo and Call of Duty – is Under scrutiny since this summer When California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued the company for its “frat boy” workplace culture, including incidents of alleged discrimination and harassment. In September, US Equal Employment Opportunity accused the company of violating employees’ civil rights, subjecting them to sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination and retaliation. Activision Blizzard Early Signed an agreement with EEOC for $18 million,

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amidst the commotion, Blizzard CEO Jay Allen Brack Steps Down More than 20 employees were fired from the company after an investigation into reports of harassment, discrimination or retaliation at the company.

In October, Activision Blizzard said it was Making changes to improve your workplace culture, which includes a new “zero-tolerance” harassment policy and an end to the required arbitration of sexual harassment and discrimination claims. Kotick also said he would reduce his salary by $62,500 to ensure “every available resource” is used to improve the workplace. Earlier in the year, shareholders Reportedly approved a salary package of $155 million For Kotik.

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After the journal report, a Activision Blizzard employee group said in a tweet that Kotik should be replaced as CEO and they were planning to walkout.

On Tuesday, Activision Blizzard reiterated that changes are underway to improve its workplace.

“The constant desire to get better has always set this company apart,” the spokesperson said. “And that is why we are moving forward with unwavering focus, momentum and resources to continue increasing diversity in our company and industry and to ensure that every employee feels valued, safe, respected and inspired.” Come to work.”

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