So it’s been several months since the various surveys indicate that many toxic behaviors, whether management or harassment, are present within Activision-Blizzard. Pursued by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the company undertook to correct the situation by conducting numerous internal investigations, leading to a series of dismissals or disciplinary sanctions.
An implementation that does not convince all employees, who have already gone on strike several times, and who believe that Bobby Kotick, also targeted, is no longer able to guarantee the proper functioning of the company. The latter, however, remains supported by its board of directors, even if it has mentioned the possibility of leaving if he fails to quickly improve the situation.
Very recently, the Wall Street Journal revealed that 37 people had been laid off since this summer for inappropriate behavior, and that 44 other employees had been sanctioned without being fired. According to the authorities responsible for overseeing the implementation of procedures aimed at putting an end to these acts, more than 700 complaints or testimonials have been sent (figures disputed by Activision Blizzard), and more than 90% have already been studied.
It therefore seems that the company is acting, but one element in particular risks creating a new controversy around Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision-Blizzard-King. According to the information collected, the president, already accused of having covered up certain actions, would have, shortly before the holidays, tried to delay the distribution of the results of the actions, fearing that this “will make the situation worse”. If this information is confirmed, it may not please the State of California, involved in the ongoing proceedings.