Activision Blizzard has been in the eye of the storm for months after a lawsuit revealed horrifying stories of abuse and toxic work culture within the company. These situations were the responsibility of Bobby Kotick, CEO of the company, who, according to reports, decided to turn a deaf ear.
This morning, Microsoft announced that it has reached an agreement to buy Activision Blizzard, which will usher in a new era for the distributor. Given this, many expected that the company would be committed to making important changes in this new era and that was precisely what happened in an Xbox statement.
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However, it was very notable that Staya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, issued a statement full of praise for Bobby Kotick. He also took the opportunity to thank him for his “leadership and commitment to true cultural change.”
“Through more than 30 years as CEO of Activision Blizzard, Bobby Kotick has built the company into one of the most successful and influential entertainment companies in the world, and I thank him for his leadership and commitment to true cultural change.” Nadella said.
While no one expected a statement about a purchase to be anything more than diplomatic, they are surely words that will hit Activision Blizzard members like a bucket of ice water. After all, it is reported that he ignored cases of harassment within the company and was even accused of mistreatment.
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