A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal published a detailed report detailing new allegations of rape and sexual harassment allegations against women. In Activision, Blizzard had stated, and worse, according to some evidence, that Bobby Kotik, the director of Activision Blizzard, was aware of these events and did not take any specific action to eliminate it. Some reports even mention his role in some of these allegations and abuses. Following the publication of an article in the Wall Street Journal, a large number of Activision Blizzard employees went on strike in front of the company building, demanding the dismissal of Bobby Kotik.
At the request of the ABetterABK Directors Union (A Better Blizzard Activision) About 150 employees gathered outside the Blizzard area of Irvine, California, to protest Bobby Kotik's management and the company's destructive culture against women over the years. A smaller protest took place at Blizzard Quality Assurance Office in Minnesota, while others joined remotely and stopped working elsewhere.
ABetterABK wrote on Twitter:" We have a zero-tolerance policy (a policy that penalizes any violation of a declared rule). We will not be silent until Bobby Kotik is replaced as CEO, and we will continue to maintain our original demand for third-party review by a selected source of staff. We are holding a protest rally today. "We welcome you to join us."
Following the release of this report, a statement was issued by Activision in response to the report that the company's board of directors stands by the CEO and trusts him. Kotik also apparently did not offer any resignation. "We are fully committed to creating a safe, inclusive and valuable environment for all of our employees around the world," Activision said in a statement to the Washington Post. "We uphold their right to express their views and concerns in a safe and respectful manner, without fear of retaliation." Activism Blizzard is no longer America's most valuable gaming company.
However, the story did not end there, and only shortly after the announcement of Activision and as the protest intensified, the shareholders of this company also demanded the resignation of Bobby Kotik. They also stated that he was aware of these incidents and did not take any action to eliminate them and that he did not expel the perpetrators of sexual harassment after learning about it.