Hours later Wall Street Journal published a shocking report claiming Activision Blizzard’s CEO, Bobby Kotick, was aware of allegations of sexual abuse in the company, the company’s board issued a statement expressing its support for the CEO.
The board’s language does not indicate that Kotick is in danger of losing his job. “The Board remains committed to Bobby Kotick’s leadership, commitment and ability to achieve these goals,” the statement concludes.
Here is the entire board statement:
The Activision Blizzard Board remains committed to the goal of making Activision Blizzard the most welcoming and inclusive company in the industry. Under Bobby Kotick’s leadership, the company is already implementing industry-leading changes, including a zero-tolerance policy on harassment, a dedication to achieving significant percentages of women and non-binary people in our workforce, and significant internal and external investment to accelerate opportunities for diverse talent . The board remains convinced that Bobby Kotick duly addressed the workplace issues he became aware of.
The goals we have set ourselves are both critical and ambitious. The Board remains confident in Bobby Kotick’s leadership, commitment and ability to achieve these goals.
That Journalens The report also claimed that Kotick harassed one of its assistants more than ten years ago, which included a death threat. Kotick settled the case out of court, according to the report.
The statement comes shortly after A Better ABK, an advocacy group formed by employees, said it would “do not be silenced until Bobby Kotick has been replaced as CEO” and that it would be staging a walkout on Tuesday.