Activision Blizzard has been embroiled in a series of investigations and controversies over the past few months following reports of sexual harassment and assault within the company. Many hackers have already quit, but that did not put an end to the sabotage. Now, reports claim that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick not only knew of the misconduct but may have tried to protect some of the accused employees from punishment.
This story was reported by The Wall Street Journal, which spoke with several sources close to Activision, its affiliates and those who know the company's board of directors. p>
Later, Activision complied with the woman. However, more importantly, Kotick was unable to report the matter to Activision's board. The WSJ claims that the CEO has not reported other similar incidents.
In response to this complaint, Activision Blizzard CEO Frances Townsend filed a petition calling the action "worthless" and irresponsible, claiming it contained "misrepresentations and in many cases "correct is Blizzard's description of the past." p>
We have a zero tolerance policy. Remain calm until Bobby Kotik is replaced as CEO, and continue to maintain your original request for third-party review by the source selected by the employee. We are going out today. You are welcome to join us. p> - ABK Workers Alliance ABK (ABetterABK) November 16, 2021
At least we thought the email came from Townsend. The Wall Street Journal says that Kotik himself wrote the answer but decided to send it to Townsend (perhaps to avoid it being negative). In 2017, the Wall Street Journal said K tick represented Dan Banting, the leader of Activision Treyarch, accused of sexually harassing a female employee in 2017 "after a night of drinking." The media claims that an internal investigation was quickly conducted and eventually led investigators to expel Banting. However, it appears that Kotik "intervened to keep him", although it is not clear what this means.
There are as many stories as the ones we mentioned in the full WSJ report, so if you want to know them all, you'll see. We recommend reading the text. However, we must stress that these are only allegations at the moment and should not be considered concrete facts or blatant lies.
Anyway, that's a shocking viewpoint for both a company and a CEO. Now under intense pressure from the public, lawyers and regulators. Even Activision Blizzard employees are furious: Dozens of workers have quit their jobs and are calling for their CEO to be fired.
Activision Blizzard responded to the WSJ report with the following statement: We are disappointed by the Wall Street Journal report, which provides a misleading view of Activision Blizzard and our CEO. Cases of sexual assault have been reported. The Wall Street Journal is ignoring the major changes taking place to make the industry a more accessible and pervasive workplace, and not responding to the efforts of the thousands of employees who work hard every day to fulfill their and our values. This company has always been characterized by the constant desire to be better. For this reason, and at Mr. Kotik's request, we have made significant progress, including a zero-tolerance policy for inappropriate behaviour. Which is why we are moving forward with unwavering focus, speed, and resources to continue increasing diversity in our company and industry and ensuring that every employee has a sense of value, security, respect and inspiration. We won't stop until we have the best workplace for our team.
While the work that Activision Blizzard is currently doing to address workplace inequality is certainly impressive, the first sentence of this answer attempts to defy WSJ claims. . Yet owning one is still out of reach for the average person - a 'misleading' Wall Street Journal report? how do you feel? condition. This is certainly a complex issue, and it may be best left to the courts and legal experts. p>
Activision CEO Bobby Kotik claims that the company's board of directors was not notified of the rape allegations.