Activision Blizzard has been nominated for two awards at The Game Awards 2021, including Warzone for Best Ongoing Game and Call of Duty for Best Esports Game. While this is a proud moment for the studio, the ongoing controversies regarding the toxic workplace culture have badly affected the company's reputation.
Due to this, Geoff Keighley, the founder of The Game Awards, has officially announced that they will not be a part of the event this year, and they will be mentioned only for their nominations.
"Beyond its nominations, I can confirm that Activision|Blizzard will not be a part of this year’s #TheGameAwards," Geoff Keighley tweeted on his official Twitter handle.
Beyond its nominations, I can confirm that Activision|Blizzard will not be a part of this year’s #TheGameAwards— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 4, 2021
"#TheGameAwards is a time of celebration for this industry, the biggest form of entertainment in the world. There is no place for abuse, harassment or predatory practices in any company or any community," he further added.
It means that you won't see any of the upcoming games by Activision Blizzard being featured at the event, including Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4.
Geoff further explained that we all are accountable for this standard, and everyone needs to work together to build "a better and a more inclusive environment".
All of us are accountable to this standard.— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 4, 2021
Incredible games — and the talented developers who build them — are who we want to celebrate.
See you on Thursday.
Looks like the problems for Activision Blizzard are not going to end soon, but you can definitely enjoy The Game Awards on 9th December.
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