Report: Activision Blizzard shed 37 employees during misconduct scandal

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The Wall Street Journal today released a new report on the situation of Activision Blizzard. According to the report, the company has fired or “pushed out” 37 people since last July. Presumably this is part of the company’s efforts to address its culture of sexual harassment and misconduct.

Activision Blizzard allegedly collected 700 reports about the company’s status from employees. It intends to release a summary on the holidays, but CEO Bobby Cotick allegedly withheld the report, presumably because it would make the problem “seem bigger than it is already known,” the journal said.

Last December, COO Daniel Allegre published a letter stating “the need to share more information openly as a company” and promising change going forward.

Activision Blizzard spokeswoman Helen Klaski confirmed that 37 people had left the company and 44 had been disciplined following the company’s investigation. The investigation began in July after a lawsuit was filed against the company by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Among many other reports, one allegation is that Kotik was aware of several incidents of harassment and discrimination in the workplace and failed to report to the board of directors. The board has since assured Kotik of its support. Klasky also noted that the 700 number did not include harassment-related complaints.


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Last week, Lego announced that it was putting its overwatch set on hold to review its partnership with Activision. One spokesperson expressed concern about the workplace culture, especially the treatment of female coworkers, and the progress being made to continue to create a diverse and inclusive environment. ” The heads of all three console manufacturers – Phil Spencer, Doug Bowser and Jim Ryan – have also expressed concern about how the company has dealt with its own culture. Klasky said Activision Blizzard is communicating its changes to Lego.

A spokesman for Activision Blizzard said in a statement to Gamesbeat:

At Activision Blizzard, our team is working tirelessly to make every employee feel safe, equal, listened to and empowered. Whether it’s a comment about a culture, an event or suggested improvements, every single report received by the company matters and we’ve significantly increased the resources available to ensure we can check everyone quickly and thoroughly.

Through our extensive ethics and compliance work, we’ve completed over 90% of report reviews since July. Out of these completed reviews, 37 employees have left the company and another 44 have received written reprimands, formal warnings or other discipline.

A statement that Mr. The fact that Kotik blocks the release of this information is simply inaccurate. Interim updates for our employees are still being worked on, and the company is committed to continuing to provide periodic updates on its progress.


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