Activision has been making some rather controversial moves recently, leaving gamers to wonder what could possibly go wrong. These changes include the firing of Infinity Ward’s lead developer and troubling levels of censorship in Call Of Duty titles that many feel are too politically charged for children.
The “why is blizzard so bad now” is a question that many gamers are asking. Activision’s stock price has been declining for the past few months, and it might be getting worse.
The Wall Street Journal has the potential to make matters worse for the publisher.
According to the article, CEO Bobby Kotick was aware of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse as early as 2018. In 2020, a group of 30 female workers allegedly addressed an email to the directors of Activision’s esports section. Mistreatment and sexual harassment were mentioned in the email.
According to reports, Kotick was aware of the email. Activision addressed concerns by introducing diversity and inclusion training for esports team management, according to a spokeswoman.
Kotick, on the other hand, is said to have kept information from the publisher’s board of directors. To make things worse, Kotick has been accused of maltreatment and harassment.
In 2006, Kotick was accused of harassing one of his aides and threatening her life in a phone message. In 2007, Kotick allegedly told a private jet flight attendant, “I’m going to ruin you.”
According to an Activision spokeswoman, Kotick apologized promptly for the 2006 incident. In addition, Kotick denied speaking the statements to the flight attendant.
Employees at Activision Blizzard have demanded Kotick’s resignation as CEO in the light of the Wall Street Journal revelation. Over 100 workers protested outside of the Irvine, California offices earlier today.
The board of directors, on the other hand, does not seem to be giving in to the pressure. The following is the board’s official comment on the subject:
The Board of Directors of Activision Blizzard is dedicated to creating Activision Blizzard the most welcoming and inclusive organization in the industry.
The Company is already making industry-leading changes under Bobby Kotick’s leadership, including a zero-tolerance harassment policy, a commitment to increasing 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 is convinced that Bobby Kotick handled workplace matters properly when they were brought to his notice.
We have set essential and ambitious objectives for ourselves. Bobby Kotick’s leadership, passion, and ability to accomplish these objectives continue to inspire the Board.
The story “presents a distorted portrayal of Activision Blizzard and our CEO,” according to an Activision representative. They further claimed that allegations of sexual misbehavior that Kotick was aware of “were acted upon.”
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Activision has been struggling for a while now. The company might be going through some tough times, but that doesn’t mean the end is near. Reference: activision rumors.
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