Activision Blizzard and its various video game development studios remain in deep trouble due to the stalking allegations that add up. This time it is the turn of one of the top directors of Treyarch (the team in charge of call of Duty Black Ops) and Bobby Kotick, CEO of the conglomerate.
According to the report of The Wall Street Journal, Dan Bunting of Treyarch was investigated for sexual harassment allegations that occurred in 2017 and that were made on a subordinate. The conclusion of the investigation indicated that it was best if Bunting was fired from the study, which did not happen due to the intervention of Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Activision Blizzard.
Dan Bunting’s departure from Activision came after he The Wall Street Journal ask questions about it, although it was not specified whether his duties were terminated or whether he resigned. What Activision Blizzard did say was that disciplinary measures were taken at the time, although they did not specify what they were.
Meanwhile, Bobby Kotick’s problems seem even more serious because of his position.
In 2006, an employee accused Kotick of sending her a voice message in which she claimed that, if she wanted, she could have her killed. Meanwhile, a flight attendant on a private company plane sued Kotick, since the latter fired her after the woman accused the pilot of the plane of having sexually harassed her. The latter case was settled out of court, with a $ 200,000 payment in favor of the victim.
In the wake of these disclosures, a group of employees at Activision Blizzard and its studios have called on Bobby Kotick to step down as CEO of the company, in addition to demanding a full external review of the company’s processes and culture. job.
We have instituted our own Zero Tolerance Policy. We will not be silenced until Bobby Kotick has been replaced as CEO, and continue to hold our original demand for Third-Party review by an employee-chosen source. We are staging a Walkout today. We welcome you to join us.
& mdash; ABetterABK 💙 ABK Workers Alliance (@ABetterABK) November 16, 2021
And it is that not even the solutions implemented by Kotick and its executives have solved or nuanced the problems. Some time ago, they put Mike Ybarra and Jen Oneal in charge of Blizzard. However, the latter resigned after revealing that she was also a victim of harassment and that, despite being at the same level as Ybarra as Blizzard bosses, her salary was lower.
For his part, Bobby Kotick published an extensive statement in which he defends himself against all accusations. However, the situation has escalated to such a level that his resignation seems imminent.