Activision Blizzard claims they have no proof of WSJ’s claims, so the zero tolerance policy will not apply to CEO Bobby Kotick.
Two days ago, it was alleged that Bobby Kotick was aware of the sexual misconduct taking place within Activision, while it was also revealed that he threatened to “destroy” an employee via voicemail. However, despite these allegations, the company’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual abuse and harassment, implemented by Kotick last month, will not apply to him.
According to Game developerAn internal call was made yesterday morning that addressed the claims made by the Wall Street Journal report; The questions were shortlisted while the leaders conducted the meeting. Staff learned that the zero tolerance policy would not apply to Kotick, as the company had no “proof” of any claim against him. They also learned that their Thanksgiving break will be extended, making it seem like management is trying to placate employees and keep tensions from escalating further.
Activision Blizzard is doubling down on Kotick’s defense despite allegations that he supported Treyarch co-founder Dan Bunting, who is accused of harassing an employee in 2017. Human Resources recommended that Bunting be fired, but Kotick intervened, which led to Bunting receiving counseling instead. Since then, he has resigned amid the accusations. Kotick was also charged with threatening a woman over the phone, which has not been denied, but it is unclear what claims the company is duplicating with the defense of having no evidence.
The board went on to issue a statement supporting Kotick and his management of the company: “Under the leadership of Bobby Kotick, the company is already implementing industry-leading changes, including a zero-tolerance harassment policy, a dedication to raises. significant in the percentages of women and non-binary people in our workforce and significant internal and external investments to accelerate opportunities for diverse talent.
However, the stock has fallen 10 percent since the report, as many shareholders have expressed support for the employees, calling on Kotick to step down. The Strategic Organization Center (SOC) Investment Group, a union, also wrote a letter to Activision Blizzard with the employees: “Unlike previous company statements, CEO Bobby Kotick was aware of many incidents. of sexual harassment, sexual assault and gender discrimination at Activision Blizzard, but failed to ensure that responsible executives and managers were fired or to acknowledge and address the systemic nature of the company’s hostile work culture.