Since the group demands the removal of Bobby Kotick.
Activision Blizzard employees have staged a new walkout in response to yesterday’s condemning Wall St Journal report detailing numerous alleged cases of sexual assault and harassment on the company – suggesting that its boss Bobby Kotick had not acted fully against them.
About 150 employees gathered outside the Blizzard campus in Irvine, California, following a call from the ABetterABK group, which asked workers to shut down tools. A minor protest was held at Blizzard’s QA office in Minnesota, while others joined remotely and stopped working elsewhere.
“We have introduced our own zero tolerance policy,” ABetterABK continued Twitter, shortly after the publication of the Wall St Journal article. “We will not be silenced until Bobby Kotick has been replaced as CEO, and will continue to maintain our original requirements for third-party review of an employee-selected source. We are holding a Walkout today. We welcome you to join U.S.”
We have introduced our own zero tolerance policy. We will not be silenced until Bobby Kotick has been replaced as CEO, and will continue to maintain our original requirements for third-party review of an employee-elected source. We are holding a Walkout today. We welcome you to join.
– ABetterABK? ABK Workers Alliance (@ABetterABK) November 16, 2021
– Valentine Powell ??????????? (@valentine_irl) November 16, 2021
Last night, a statement from Activision said in response to the report that the company’s board of directors stood by its CEO and remained “confident” in him. Kotick has not even proposed to resign.
“We are fully committed to creating a safe, inclusive and rewarding environment for all our employees around the world,” Activision told the Washington Post in response to the dropout. “We support their right to express their opinions and concerns in a safe and respectful manner without fear of retaliation.”