Activision Blizzard employees stage walkout
As news of the lawsuit and its allegations spread among Activision Blizzard employees, many employees staged a walkout in response. The tempers did not calm down afterwards. On the contrary, emotions rose after reports surfaced that many senior brass knew about the charges and did nothing about them. More than 100 employees walked out in protest and shared a clear demand: Fire CEO Bobby Kotick. Additionally, more than 2,000 employees signed a letter calling on the company to take action.
According to the organization behind many worker protests, ABK Workers Alliance, many workers’ demands have not been met. It was true in August 2021, and it is still true today. Additionally, the Communication Workers of America union called Activision Blizzard’s $18 million settlement over sexual harassment allegations, “A slap in the facesince the company is worth $72 billion.
Fans and media refuse to play and cover Activision Blizzard games
Shortly after the sexual harassment lawsuit was revealed, much of Blizzard’s fanbase boycotted the company and its games. Many gamers and streamers, including those who were known to play titles like World of Warcraft and Foyer, refused to touch the games. They weren’t alone, as sites such as The Gamer, Prima Games, and GameXplain opted to cease all coverage of Activision Blizzard titles. No good news, no bad news, just deafening silence until, as Gamer Editor Kirk McKeand put it, “there’s real change.”
Allegations Against Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick Are Made Public
Recently, numerous allegations regarding Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick have come to light. For example, according to the Wall Street Journal, he once sent an intimidating voicemail message to one of his aides, threatening to kill her. And yes, he also allegedly knew about the sexual harassment at his company and did nothing about it. Well, that’s not entirely true – he apparently shielded the perpetrators and refused to report the incidents to the company’s board. This led to another lawsuit filed by angry investors over Kotick’s “materially false and misleading statements during a class action period.”
It’s no wonder the internet is celebrating Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard. Many people see this as an opportunity to finally get Kotick fired and hold him accountable for his alleged crimes and misdeeds.
Some of Activision Blizzard’s worst offenders have frequented a hotel room known as the “Cosby Suite”
Back when BlizzCon was a major live expo, many Blizzard employees slept at a local hotel to stay close to the convention center. Each employee had their own assigned room, including Alex Afrasiabi. Unfortunately, Afrasiabi’s harassments were so notorious and allegedly well-known as far back as 2013 that his hotel room at BlizzCon was dubbed “the Cosby Suite.”