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.