Activision CEO Bobby Kotick accused of ‘mistreatment’ by several women

A new report claims that Activision CEO Bobby Kotick knew more about and even participated in the toxic work environment at the company.

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick

Consequences surrounding sexual harassment and a toxic work environment at Activision Blizzard continues to be investigated and has reached a new potential low. A new report from the Wall Street Journal now concerns Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, claiming that he has been aware of the allegations and has had his own share of the allegations against him since 2006.

Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Rape, Threats of Violence

The Wall Street Journal has claimed that not only was the CEO aware of the company’s many sexual harassment claims, he also ignored recommendations about the company’s sexual harassment. Fires senior Activition Blizzard executives for their misconduct, suppressed internal memos, failed to report these incidents to management, and may also have been actively involved in fostering a toxic work culture .


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Wall Street Journal writers Kristen Grind, Ben Fritz and Sarah E. Needleman were told by many women at Activision Blizzard that they have been sexually harassed on multiple occasions. A woman who worked at Call of Duty developer Sledgehammer Games said she was raped twice by her supervisor in 2016 and 2017. When reported to the company’s Human Resources Department, the charges were not continued. The company only settled this complaint when the woman, who then no longer worked for the company, filed a lawsuit in 2018 and Activision Blizzard quickly resolved.

Kotick himself is said to have had several incidents between 2006 and 2008 when he sexually harassed multiple women at companies or places where his status as head The company is well known. In 2006, he was accused of sexually harassing one of his assistants. When she complained, he left her an unsettling voicemail and announced that he was going to “kill her.” One Activision Blizzard A spokesperson was quoted as saying that Kotick’s “fast app for voicemail is clearly hyperbolic and inappropriate.”

The story also claims that former Activision Blizzard Co-Director Jen Oneal sent a scathing email to the company’s top executives detailing her own history of harassment, her views that Workplace culture may not change due to the behavior of other executives. that she was coded for her new position (she is Asian-American and gay), and how she was paid less than her co-worker, Miguel Ibarra. Jen Oneal leaves Activision Blizzard early November 2021, not long after this email is believed to have been sent.

These latest allegations go against the odds Bobby Kotick’s Own Statement that he and the company are being transparent and moving towards change. The company failed to make meaningful changes according to current employees, and another report of this incident may have further damaged the company’s reputation since DFEH California filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard , leading to other lawsuits by other government agencies.

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The source: The Wall Street Journal

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