The fuss generated by the complaint against Activision Blizzard, accused of promoting and covering unfair behaviour against women by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, is all but over.
A new report from the Wall Street Journal edited by Kirsten Grind, Ben Fritz and Sarah E. Needleman, very fresh in publication, has highlighted many new testimonies that also bring to light CEO Bobby Kotick. According to the information gathered by the American newspaper, the company’s head would also have been protagonist of unfair behaviour against his employees. In 2006, he would have harassed and subsequently threatened with death through the answering machine one of his assistants. Activision spokesperson says that Kotick has already adequately apologized for the “inappropriate and clearly hyperbolic voice message.”
In 2007, he was reported by a flight attendant on an aircraft he was a co-owner of. The woman, specifically, claims to have been sexually harassed by the aircraft pilot: when she went to complain to the other co-owner, she would have been fired by Kotick, who would also report to the flight attendant and his Through a spokesman, the CEO denies having uttered such words and specifies that he could never fire her, since the assistant did not go to complain directly to him. In 2008, the employee received a compensation of $200,000.
In 2019, after an appropriate investigation, the HR department advised Kotick to fire Dan Bunting, one of Treyarch’s chiefs, accused of sexually harassing an employee after a night’s drink in 2017. The CEO, however, decided to keep him in the company and not to proceed with dismissal. When the Wall Street Journal began to care about the matter and ask questions in 2020, Bunting left Treyarch on his own.
Just two weeks ago, Bobby Kotick cut his salary by 99%, committing not to receive a single cent more than the minimum wage until Activision’s complete restructuring. According to Imran Khan of Game Informer, the CEO’s move would have been a preventive move, probably put into practice when he smelled the arrival of the new Wall Street Journal report.
In addition to Kotick’s testimony, the Wall Street Journal has also brought to light many other stories. An employee of Sledgehammer Games claims to have been raped twice by her supervisor after being pushed to drink heavily. When she denounced the incident to the HR department, she would not be taken into consideration by the company; last year, thirty women from the eSport division sent a letter to their supervisors after being repeatedly harassed; Jan ONeal, the first woman