Monday, June 27

PlayStation boss weighs in on Activision Blizzard controversy and condemns company’s responses

With the industry still reeling from the revelations of yesterday’s doom Informe del Wall Street JournalIt is perhaps not surprising that other notable figures have begun to influence the discrimination and harassment allegations leveled against Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. The most recent to do so is Sony’s PlayStation boss Jim Ryan, who expressed disappointment with Activision Blizzard’s handling of the situation in an internal email.

In the email, sent today to PlayStation employees and revised By Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, Ryan wrote that he and Sony’s other top brass were “disheartened” by Activision Blizzard’s response, which included the board of directors giving Kotick a vote of confidence yesterday. He went on to say that they felt the company «[had] not enough has been done to address a deeply entrenched culture of discrimination and harassment ‘. Ryan also stated in the email that he and his colleagues contacted Activision Blizzard shortly after the article was published to express concern and find out what the company’s plans were to address the issues.

As a company with such a close relationship with Activision, this response from PlayStation’s leadership could have a significant impact on how the company addresses the Bobby Kotick issue going forward. With a strike of more than 150 employees yesterday and a group of shareholders calling for Kotick’s resignation, the CEO of Activision Blizzard is clearly on thin ice.

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