Activision Blizzard Shareholders Vote To Keep Bobby Kotick On The Company’s Board Of Directors

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.

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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