Activision Blizzard Employees Walked Out After Report On Bobby Kotick

Activi­sion Bliz­zard employ­ees staged a walk­out on Novem­ber 16th after the Wall Street Jour­nal’s report about CEO Bob­by Kotick know­ing of the sex­u­al assault and mis­con­duct allegations.

The ABK Work­ers Alliance group, which rep­re­sents work­ers at Activi­sion Bliz­zard and its sub­sidiary King, announced their walk­out on social media. “We will not be silenced until Bob­by Kotick has been replaced as CEO,” the group stat­ed. There’s also still a demand of a third-par­ty review of the com­pa­ny by a source cho­sen by its workers.

A spokesper­son from Activi­sion Bliz­zard pro­vid­ed a state­ment to GameSpot regard­ing the report:

We are ful­ly com­mit­ted to fos­ter­ing a safe, inclu­sive and reward­ing envi­ron­ment for all of our employ­ees around the world. We sup­port their right to express their opin­ions and con­cerns in a safe and respect­ful man­ner, with­out fear of retaliation.”

This is sec­ond big Activi­sion Bliz­zard employ­ee walk­out this year. The first was in July when the work­ers’ group protest­ed the “abhor­rent and insult­ing” response to the law­suit filed by the State of Cal­i­for­nia.

The WSJ report–which con­sists of months of report­ing, inter­views, and sourced documents–claimed Kotick knew about a num­ber of sex­u­al assault and harass­ment claims at Activi­sion Bliz­zard’s var­i­ous stu­dios. The report added that he did not noti­fy the board of direc­tors of an out-of-court set­tle­ment to an employ­ee who accused a super­vi­sor of rape.

A spokesper­son for Activi­sion Bliz­zard said the com­pa­ny is dis­ap­point­ed” in the WSJ report, say­ing it “presents an inac­cu­rate and mis­lead­ing view” of the com­pa­ny and Kotick. Kotick released his own per­son­al video, tran­scribed on Activi­sion’s web­site.

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