over 100 protesters protest against Kotick, but the Board is on his side

Following the Wall Street Journal report, according to which not only was Bobby Kotick aware of the sexual harassment perpetrated against Activision’s female employees but had even become the protagonist of one of these cases, several members of the company decided to demonstrate in protest against the CEO.

As reported by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, more than 100 employees of the gaming giant have gathered outside the Blizzard campus headquarters in Irvine, California to clamor for the resignation of Bobby Kotick. This is a number not to be underestimated, considering that the WSJ report was published only a few hours ago, and that most of the staff continue to work from home.

If on the one hand the anger and frustration for the behavior of the company leader grows, on the other we have the position taken by the Board of Directors, which chooses to defend and protect Kotick despite the accusations received.

“The Activision Blizzard Board of Directors remains committed to making the company the most welcoming and inclusive in the industry. Under the leadership of Bobby Kotick, the Company is already implementing changes, including a zero tolerance policy against harassment, a commitment to achieve significant increases in the percentages of women and non-binary people in our workforce, and significant internal and external investment to expand opportunities for diversified talent.

The Council remains confident that Bobby Kotick has appropriately addressed the workplace issues brought to its attention. The goals we have set ourselves are critical and ambitious. The Board remains confident in Bobby Kotick’s leadership, commitment and ability to achieve these goals. “

Meanwhile, the announcement of the resignation of Dan Bunting, leader of Treyarch, accused of molesting a colleague in 2017.

More than 100 people are at the walkout at Blizzard’s campus in Irvine, California to demand Bobby Kotick’s resignation, attendees tell Bloomberg – an impressive number considering it was called two hours ago (and most employees are working from home)

– Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) November 16, 2021

In response to an explosive story reporting that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick knew about various sexual misconduct and harassment allegations and was himself a perpetrator, and an employee walkout today demanding Kotick’s resignation, the board says it is standing by him pic.twitter.com/29q5M2VxIH

– Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) November 16, 2021