Employees at Activision Blizzard are walking out of work following a new report from the Wall Street Journal, revealing that the CEO did actually know about the allegations of employee sexual misconduct throughout the company, including an alleged rape.
According to the report, former Blizzard co-leader Jen Oneal's departed after she lost faith that the company could improve its toxic culture. It's also claimed that Kotick not only knew but in some cases, he may have protected employees who are accused of harassment.
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"We believe that our values as employees are not being accurately reflected in the words and actions of our leadership," protest organisers told Polygon. "We have instituted our own Zero Tolerance Policy," Activision Blizzard employee advocacy group A Better ABK tweeted. "We will not be silenced until ZBobby Kotick has been replaced as CEO and continue to hold our original demand for Third-Party review by an employee-chosen source."
Among the numerous claims reported Wall Street Journal, the outlet claimed that Kotick was the one who penned the controversial letter by Frances Townsend sent to employees after DFEH filed its lawsuit, which she called "distorted and untrue". The employees also demanded Townsend and Chief Administrative Officer Brian Bulatao to leave the company in addition to Kotick's resignation.