Shortly after a Wall Street Journal report broke that detailed new allegations surrounding Activision Blizzard’s CEO Bobby Kotick, more information emerged in regards to former Blizzard co-head Jennifer Oneal.
Oneal recently resigned after occupying a co-lead position with Mike Ybarra for three months, after former Blizzard president J. Allen Brack departed the company. According to the Wall Street Journal, part of the reason Oneal suddenly left the company game down to the fact she wasn’t offered equal pay for the position. She was only offered an equal contract after she announced her departure.
According to IGN–who has viewed internal Blizzard messages sent on the companies Slack channel–Ybarra said that the two co-leaders did seek the same pay. However, when they both accepted the new roles, they were still being paid according to their current contracts.
Oneal sent a letter to the Activision Blizzard legal division one month after taking the new position, where she made it clear she was being paid less than her counterpart, stating she had been “tokenized, marginalized, and discriminated against,” by the company.
To add to the conversations viewed by IGN, Oneal wished to clarify more on the situation, saying that when they went into the role, their pay “was not equivalent.”
“It remained that way for some time well after we made multiple rejected requests to change it to parity,” Oneal wrote. “While the company informed me before I tendered my resignation that they were working on a new proposal, we were made equivalent offers only after I tendered that resignation.”
This is just another part of the sexual harassment and discrimination saga that Activision Blizzard has been going through. The latest scandal came after the WSJ released a report saying that Kotick was aware of the allegations and investigations at various Activision Blizzard studios, but failed to report it to the company’s board.