A new scandal shakes the foundations of Activision Blizzard; so much so, that the recognized medium The Wall Street Journal has published an extensive report in which it is ensured that Bobby Kotick, CEO of the Californian company, has been accused of abuse women both within the company and outside of it. And it is that according to said report, Kotick not only had knowledge of harassment cases that were being produced in the company, but he himself would have taken care of hide and minimize them. On the other hand, the official reaction of Activision Blizzard has not been long in coming and they have already shared their point of view in reference to this new scandal.
Abuses of power, violations, discrimination and concealment
As explained from The Wall Street Journal, Kotick received an email in 2018 from a lawyer representing an employee of Sledgehammer Games what had been raped in 2016 and 2017 by a supervisor Activision Blizzard, threatening a lawsuit against the parent company following the inactivity of the resource department. Apparently an out-of-court settlement was reached, but Kotick did not inform the board of directors of the case; what’s more, Kotick would have concealed accusations of harassment and discrimination to high places.
In this regard, the spokeswoman for Activision Helaine Klasky, has ensured that Kotick would not have been informed of all the misconduct of its employees and I was not aware of personnel problems, something that is repeated throughout the different accusations.
Although Kotick himself is also in the crosshairs of several scandals; so much so, that the media uncovers an accusation of one of its assistants in 2006 for which it would have been harassed and threatened with death through a voicemail; This matter was also settled out of court. In 2007, another episode of sexual harassment by the executive towards a flight attendant, which was fired by himself. The following year an agreement was reached with a payment of $ 200,000 to the stewardess.
Among other cases of harassment in the company, there is talk of one that involved Dan Baunting, co-director of Treyarch, who was accused of sexual harassment in 2017 by an employee of the study. Apparently, Kotick himself intervened in the matter, helping the manager and allowing him to continue with his job. In this sense, the spokesperson emphasizes once again that Kotick is not involved in these matters of compensation or dismissal of employees.
Activision Blizzard Official Response
Ante la gravity of the matter and the evidence provided by The Wall Street Journal about all this series of scandals that have occurred at Activision Blizzard in recent years, the company itself has already issued a official statement through Bloomberg: “We are disappointed in The Wall Street Journal report, which presents a inaccurate and misleading view Activision Blizzard and our CEO. The cases of sexual misconduct that were presented received their corresponding action. The Wall Street Journal ignores major changes underway to make this the most welcoming and inclusive workplace and ignores the efforts of thousands of employees who work hard every day to live up to their – and our – values. . The constant desire to be better has always differentiated this company ”, we can read in said statement.
“That is why, under the direction of Mr. Kotick, we have made significant improvements, including a zero tolerance policy for inappropriate behavior. And that’s why we move forward with an unwavering focus, with speed and resources to continue to increase diversity in our company and industry and to ensure that all employees come to work feeling valued, safe, respected and inspired. We will not stop until we have the best workplace for our team “, conclude from Activision Blizzard.
Source | The Wall Street Journal