Based on the controversy triggered by Activision Blizzard’s harassment and the request for the resignation of CEO Bobby Kotick, the Wall Street Journal held a podcast to report the delay with which the company took action against an employee signing
In telling this unfortunate fact, the reporter Kirsten Grind felt it appropriate to stress that the masculinist and “fraternity” culture pervades the entire corporate and working fabric of Activision Blizzard, to the point that it makes
The case mentioned by Grind is part of the investigation reports conducted by the California authorities to bring out all potential cases of misconduct any cover-up activities that the high spheres of Activision Blizzard may have carried out over the years. According to the WSJ journalist, “there was this example of an employee Activision who for years signed all his corporate mails with 1-800-ALLCOCK. Do you think it is normal for every female employee to be forced to receive this kind of email and to submit to these behaviors? But no, they weren’t, they were kidding about it.”
Also based on the reconstruction of the events provided by the reporter of the Wall Street Journal, Activision’s leadership would have decided to take action against this employee only this summer, after receiving a complaint and following an internal investigation that lasted for about a month until
Activision Blizzard’s communications manager, Helaine Klasky, intervened at Kotaku’s microphones to point out that “our team opened an investigation after receiving a report on the use of this phone number and dismissed However, no confirmation or denial has been received from Activision Blizzard’s representative of the WSJ’s editor on the years required to take action against this anonymous employee.