President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, is reported to have criticized Activision Blizzard in an email sent to Sony employees. He stated Activision Blizzard’s response to the ongoing allegations did not “properly address the situation.” The email was sent to employees as a direct response to the report that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick hid knowledge of the misconduct and sexual harassment.
This email (obtained by Bloomberg) says that Ryan and the executive staff at PlayStation were “disheartened and frankly stunned to read” the report and that Activision Blizzard “has not done enough to address a deep-seated culture of discrimination and harassment.” Ryan added he reached out to Activision Blizzard after the report broke to express his concern and to ask how the company plans to address these claims moving forward: “We do not believe their statements of response properly address the situation.”
Obviously, Sony is a massive console manufacturer, with PlayStation having a close business relationship with Activision. PlayStation has paid for an exclusive marketing deal on Call of Duty for several years now. Activision Blizzard’s ongoing issues and its inaction against Bobby Kotick may poorly reflect on PlayStation and Sony as business partners.