Activision-Blizzard continues to experience a particularly difficult historical moment, especially after CEO Bobby Kotick was accused of being aware of an unhealthy working environment within the company.
With the rain of accusations of harassment and discrimination against the female staff of the US giant, the non-profit group Girls Who Code, which deals with reducing the gap between men and women within the technology industry, has decided to give up to the partnership that linked him to Activision-Blizzard from 2018.
“Our priority is and always will be to stand up for women and other underrepresented groups in the world of technology and provide them with the support and stability they need to actively grow as they pursue a career in information technology,” are the statements of Girls Who Code. “The news on Activision shows that our priorities are fundamentally misaligned. We cannot in good conscience continue to work with a company so antithetical to our values. […] There is a border, and the allegations received by Activision have crossed that line. “
Numerous Activision employees are signing a petition for Bobby Kotick’s resignation (currently over 13,000 signatures). Even the leaders of the gaming industry, including Phil Spencer of Xbox and Jim Ryan of Sony, said they were baffled and seriously worried about what they learned.