The Wall Street Journal has dropped the bomb and its shock wave has reached Dan Bunting, until now one of the two responsible for Treyarch. According to the article, the manager has already left the studio specializing in titles from the Call of Duty saga. He has done so when the newspaper’s investigation has surrounded him, since an alleged incident that occurred in 2017 has come to light.
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According to The Wall Street Journal, the human resources department investigated the event, which took place after a night in which alcohol was the protagonist. This situation of alleged harassment reached the highest levels, and although the aforementioned department recommended the removal of Bunting, Bobby Kotik himself, CEO of Activision Blizzard (now also splashed and implicated by the events), decided to keep him in his position.
An Activision representative confirmed the news: “After studying potential actions in light of that investigation, the company decided not to fire Mr. Bunting. Instead, it imposed other disciplinary measures. ” The North American giant has not detailed what exactly those measures consisted of.
Dan Bunting was one of Treyatch’s most veteran developers, the creators of games like Spider-Man 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops III or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
It all goes to Bobby Kotick
Bobby Kotick he has been accused of mistreating women. The article in question emphasizes that the manager had knowledge of what was happening in the company, although he tried to hide it. They explain that Kotick sent death threats via audio, a matter that was resolved out of court. The fired employee was allegedly compensated $ 200,000 in exchange for her silence.
Cases of sexual harassment have occurred in several of the Activision Blizzard studios. In addition to Blizzard Entertainment and Treyarch, reference is made to an alleged violation that occurred at Sledgehammer Games, the studio behind Call of Duty: Vanguard, a title that just hit the market.
Source | The Wall Street Journal