Shortly after Activision Blizzard shareholders voted in approval of a report looking into the company’s anti-harassment efforts, the members also casted votes that approved its latest list of Board of Directors nominees–with Bobby Kotick among that list.
According to a document filed on June 21st, nearly 534 million shareholders voted in favor of this proposed Board of Directors, with only 62.5 million objecting to the motion and 2 million abstaining. Obviously, the proposed document was passed.
This vote comes after heavy scrutiny for his part in Activision Blizzard’s unchanged toxic work culture. Last December, Kotick was accused of hiding knowledge of the harassment and assault allegations, along with threatening to kill an assistant many years prior. However, despite the fallout and continuous calls from employees–as well as shareholders–for Kotick to resign; it appears that won’t be happening until at least 2023.
Right now it’s still too early to tell if the CEO will remain as such for Activision Blizzard. The company is currently in the process of being acquired by Microsoft. A few reports have claimed that Kotick will receive a payout following the purchase–and that his exit is certain. Others are unsure what will happen after Activision Blizzard is officially owned by Microsoft.
Earlier this month, Activision Blizzard released the results of its own internal investigation. The report did acknowledge individual instances of harassment, but claimed there was “no evidence” to suggest that senior executives ignored or concealed information from the Board about these claims.