Following additional allegations brought to light by Wall Street Journal.
Earlier today the Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell expose on Activision Blizzard, alleging that CEO Bobby Kotick himself was not only personally covering up for sexual abuse in the company, but actively engaged in such conduct himself including threatening to kill an assistant. While the WSJ’s article has caused another head to roll at Activision, that being Treyarch co-lead Dan Bunting, the employees are targeting the big man on campus himself; Bobby Kotick.
The ABK Workers Alliance, made up of employees from Activision Blizzard (King), has demanded the resignation and replacement of Bobby Kotick as CEO. Employees are also staging another walkout in protest of the CEO’s conduct and the refusal of the board of directors to take action against him.
We have instituted our own Zero Tolerance Policy. We will not be silenced until Bobby Kotick has been replaced as CEO, and continue to hold our original demand for Third-Party review by an employee-chosen source. We are staging a Walkout today. We welcome you to join us.
— ABetterABK ? ABK Workers Alliance (@ABetterABK) November 16, 2021
Meanwhile Activision Blizzard’s board of directors has decided to defend Kotick, releasing the following statement;
“The Activision Blizzard Board remains committed to the goal of making Activision Blizzard the most welcoming and inclusive company in the industry. Under Bobby Kotick’s leadership the Company is already implementing industry leading changes including a zero tolerance harassment policy, a dedication to achieving significant increases to the percentages of women and non-binary people in our workforce and significant internal and external investments to accelerate opportunities for diverse talent. The Board remains confident that Bobby Kotick appropriately addressed workplace issues brought to his attention.
The goals we have set for ourselves are both critical and ambitious. The Board remains confident in Bobby Kotick’s leadership, commitment and ability to achieve these goals.”
Activision stock values dropped 5% today after the Wall Street Journal released its report.