Activision Blizzard According to reports, CEO Bobby Kotick-currently not the most popular person in the industry-has notified the company’s senior management if there are sexual harassment, discrimination and broader cultural issues in the studio Unable to “solve it quickly”, he will resign.
According to sources interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Kotick made the above comments at a meeting with executives last week. Although he never promised to step down, the first hint of his resignation as CEO has been Buried.
Prior to this, the owners of PlayStation and Xbox announced their intention to re-evaluate their relationship with Activision Blizzard, after the company had ongoing problems with state and federal agencies due to its culture of abuse of women, discrimination, and protection of abusers.
In addition to Activision Blizzard’s broader issues, Kotik himself has been the subject of controversy after the Wall Street Journal’s exposure, which accused the CEO of knowing his company’s numerous allegations against abusers and concealing this information from investors. According to the report, Kotik himself intervened in an internal investigation to prevent a senior employee from being fired.
In this ongoing Activision Blizzard scandal, the CEO may demand a substantial pay cut, but it may be too late.
Although the board of Activision Blizzard still supports Kotick, more and more investors and developers in the studio are asking him to resign. A Better ABK, an employee group of Activision Blizzard King employees, has gone on strike to protest the new allegations and called on Kotick to resign.
To solve the company’s future problems, Actvision plans to respond to workplace abuse and improve its recruitment practices.