PlayStation Head Jim Ryan Has Criticized Activision Blizzard’s Response To Kotick Report

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.

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