Cases of sexual harassment and abuse, which have had Activision Blizzard in the spotlight for the past few months, have also peppered studios like Treyarch. A few weeks ago we echoed that the team’s co-director, Dan Bunting, was leaving the offices after the allegations against him came to light. Now, Treyarch employees have released a statement promising that the highest priority is to create a safe work atmosphere.
We’d like to thank Treyarch for stepping up and beginning to have this conversation. Admitting that things haven’t been perfect is hard, but it’s even harder to take a stance against it. Thank you. We look forward to making #ABetterABK with you. https://t.co/cEggfvxlZn— ABetterABK 💙 ABK Workers Alliance (@ABetterABK) December 22, 2021
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The ABK Workers Alliance, the union of the Activision Blizzard King workers, has echoed the statement published by the workers of Treyarch, noting the following: “We would like to thank Treyarch for stepping up and starting to have this conversation. Admit that things haven’t been perfect it’s hard, but it is even more difficult to take a stance against“. From ABK they have come to also call for the resignation of Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, after it became known that he had been aware of the abuse cases.
In the Treyarch statement, meanwhile, the following can be read: “Our goal as a studio is to create incredible games for the world to enjoy. Having the privilege of pursuing that effort is made possible by the people of Treyarch: we are a studio comprised of world-class, talented and intelligent creative professionals who seek to perform at their best. In our culture there is no room for sexism, harassment, racism, intolerance, discrimination or bullying“.
“There is no room for sexism, harassment, racism, intolerance, discrimination or bullying”
“As we move forward, our highest priority will be provide a safe, diverse and inclusive work environment so that everyone can prosper, “they also note.” Everyone at Treyarch is drawn to game development because we have a deep love for the art of video games and that magic that can create important moments. This is a moment that matters and it starts with being better. “
Some skeptics have taken this message as a facelift by Activision Blizzard, which as we say has been in the spotlight since a California department pointed out the widespread harassment against women in the company. However, according to Treyarch’s associate producer Miranda Due: “The women of Treyarch organized to write the statement and publish it”. Treyarch Senior Designer Joanna Leung also noted: “This is not a PR strategy, but a sincere and heartfelt statement from the women of Treyarch“.