No zero-tolerance policy for Bobby Kotick
Following the Wall Street Journal's damning report about CEO Bobby Kotick, Activision Blizzard has told staff that there is insufficient evidence to invoke the company's zero-tolerance policy.
PlayStation President and CEO Jim Ryan expressed “our deep concern” about the allegations, saying that he does “not believe their statements of response properly address the situation.”
- Kotick is accused of “being aware” of sexual misconduct
- Left a voicemail in 2006 threatening to harm an assistant
- Kotick “quickly apologized” for the “obviously hyperbolic” message
- Pre-screened Q&A put to company leadership after WSJ report
- Activision Blizzard remains under intense regulatory scrutiny
Evidence: Kotick has apparently told company directors he was unaware of the allegations of impropriety at Activision Blizzard, but Wall Street Journal claims to have evidence to the contrary from various sources including former staff and internal documents.
Dismissal: Activision Blizzard shareholders are now calling for Kotick's resignation following a staff walkout involving 110 employees at its Irvine California location that houses Blizzard Entertainment, as well as the resignation of two leading company directors.