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Activision CEO Bobby Kotick doesn't realize he's part of the problem

Activision Blizzard board of directors expressed confidence in Bobby Kotick's ability to lead the company despite employees and business partners calling for his resignation.
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick doesn't realize he's part of the problem

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick was at the receiving end of immense backlash by the public after an article was published in the Wall Street Journal, which implicated Kotick in prior incidents of harassment and abusive behaviour.

In a response to Activision Publishing and Blizzard Entertainment leaders, Kotick reportedly said he would consider resigning if the company could not fix the toxic work culture "with speed."

Bobby Kotick to resign if culture problems not fixed quickly

According to the WSJ, senior leaders and management also addressed Kotick's position as CEO during a recent company meeting. Some employees reportedly said they would not "be satisfied" until he handed in his resignation.

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Employees are pressing Bobby Kotick to resign from Activision Blizzard. (Picture: Scott Olson / Getty Images)

Given Kotick's reportedly historical abusive behaviour, an inquiry into whether the company's new "zero-tolerance policy" would apply to Kotick was put forward by some attendees at the meeting, who also went as far as to ask Kotick if he would step down directly.

Despite this, sources revealed that Activision Blizzard's board of directors were "confident in Bobby Kotick’s leadership, commitment and ability" to appropriate the company's "workplace excellent committee," which is aimed to facilitate the company's toxic work culture.

The company also reportedly had no plans to investigate Kotick's own alleged abusive behaviour.

Activision Blizzard are reportedly confidence in Bobby Kotick's leadership
Activision Blizzard is reportedly confident in Bobby Kotick's leadership. (Picture: Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

Critics press Kotick to resign as CEO of Activision Blizzard

Before the publication of the WSJ article, Kotick was already embroiled with criticism by Activision Blizzard employees, investors and business partners over the company's handling of the sexual misconduct allegations.

Other critics were more abrasive in branding Kotick as part of the problem. "The fixing starts when you leave, Bobby," said senior VGC reporter Tom Henderson on Twitter.

In a Bloomberg article, the Head of Xbox at Microsoft, Phil Spencer, said that they would be evaluating all aspects of its relationship with Activision Blizzard and would be"making ongoing proactive adjustments."

PlayStation's CEO Jim Ryan reciprocated this, saying, "We do not believe their statements of response properly address the situation."

Given this, the message is clear: Activision Blizzard does not recognise the inherent problem of Kotick's continued employment, much rather his position as a leader at the company. This, in my opinion, negates any semblance of an attempt toward social equity or responsiveness at the company.


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Featured image courtesy of Activision Blizzard.