Activision CEO Bobby Kotick Knew for Years About Sexual-Misconduct Allegations at Videogame Giant

The top executive didn’t inform the board of directors about some reports, including alleged rapes. The company is facing multiple regulatory investigations.

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Hasnain says:

Great reporting on a terrible situation. Don’t even know where to begin. I’ll probably start with two call outs I saw in follow up articles from gaming media where they called for his resignation.

First, (partly) in response to gender discrimination and allegations of unequal pay, they fired their old president and appointed two co-leads, one male and one female. And then proceeded to pay the woman less for the same job.

Second, in response to the initial allegations, Frances Townsend sent an incredibly shortsighted response that directly prompted a walkout. Kotick called the letter tone deaf and removed her from her position on an internal committee for employees concerns. Turns out Kotick had written the email and sent it from her account so it wouldn’t come from a man. Yikes.

“Those documents, which include memos, emails and regulatory requests, and interviews with former employees and others familiar with the company, however, cast Mr. Kotick’s response in a different light. They show that he knew about allegations of employee misconduct in many parts of the company. He didn’t inform the board of directors about everything he knew, the interviews and documents show, even after regulators began investigating the incidents in 2018. Some departing employees who were accused of misconduct were praised on the way out, while their co-workers were asked to remain silent about the matters.”

Posted on 2021-11-17T07:12:08+0000