As scandals and accusations extracted via Activision Blizzard, CEO Bobby Kotick managed to keep his head above the water with the heavy help of “reasonable denial.” While many employees at his company face the consequences, Kotick is not personally accused of any wrongdoing, nor is he hinting that he has directly defended the perpetrators of harassment that appears to be rampant at his company.
All that may be changing following an investigative report by Ben Fritz, Kirsten Grind and Sarah E. Needleman of The Wall Street Journal. When articles behind a fee wall, Fritz tweeted out several excerpts that paint a disturbing picture of Kotick’s efforts to keep his poor and others – and in many cases, criminal behavior – concealed for over a decade.
That topic long and filled with disturbing account after account, as well as Kotick’s attempt to minimize the damage, but it’s possible – if you’re very charity – you could consider it “business as usual” at a game company over the past decade. “They don’t know any better,” or “They think they can get away with it” are common excuses used when stories of sexual harassment, such as 2016, surfaced. That’s not exact, but at least you can see some people might think so in the “old days” of five years ago.
However, amid the controversy, Blizzard has appointed the following two “co-leaders” of the company the passing of former President J. Allen Brack in August: Mike Ybarra and Jen Oneal. A month later, Fritz alleges, Oneal “emailed a member of Activision’s legal team in which she claimed a lack of confidence in Activision’s leadership to turn the culture around, saying ‘clearly clear’ It is clear that the company will never prioritize our employees. “Oneal wrote in an email that she was paid less than Ybarra and that she wanted to discuss her resignation, saying she had been.” deceived, marginalized and discriminated against”. Oneal did, in fact, her resignation statement earlier this month, said in a public statement that she has “no hope in Blizzard.”
In other words, even after things had gone downhill over the past few months, including the discussion of the pay gap between male and female employees at Activision Blizzard, Oneal was in fact being paid less than she was. considered equivalent. Her call for further action and discipline regarding harassment at the company did not appear to have been strong enough for her to call it a layoff. If the (co-)head of Blizzard doesn’t feel like she can make this kind of change at the highest levels of Activision Blizzard, no one can.
At this time, Bobby Kotick and Activision Blizzard management cannot give any benefits. If the allegations and allegations in Fritz’s article are true, then he needs to step down as CEO, and could face criminal consequences.
UPDATE: Looks like the workers representing A Better ABK agree with me:
We have established our own Zero Tolerance Policy. We will not remain silent until Bobby Kotick is replaced as CEO and will continue to uphold our original request for Third-Party review by an employee-selected source. We are hosting a Walk today. We welcome you to join us.
– ABetterABK ABK Alliance Workers (@ABetterABK) November 16, 2021
Blizzard has responded for accusations.
https://www.mmobomb.com/news/wsj-investigation-alleges-that-kotick-knew-about-hid-sexual-harassment-activision-blizzard-years | WSJ investigation allegations that Kotick knew about, hiding, sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard for years