Activision Blizzard released a press release this morning addressing the myriad investigations into the company and its handling of its alleged toxic workplace culture. In a release just a day after news broke that the company was facing an investigation by the SEC, Activision Blizzard states it remains "committed to making Activision Blizzard on of the best, most inclusive places to work anywhere."
The Wall Street Journal reported today that Activision Blizzard is now under investigation by The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This investigation, according to WSJ sources, is looking into how the publisher has handled allegations by employees over sexual misconduct and discrimination within the workplace.
Activision Blizzard employees have filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the publisher of both "intimidation and union busting" in the wake of the current ongoing lawsuit surrounding the gaming giant.
Yesterday reports came out that the California Agency suing Activision Blizzard alleged that the gaming giant shredded documents pertinent to the investigation, claiming that the company was interfereing with its investigation. Activision Blizzard has responded to the allegations, stating that the claims are "not true" and outlines what the company has done since to steer in the right direction.
In an update to the current ongoing lawsuit filing, it seems the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment have expanded its lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The expanded lawsuit now includes contract workers in addition to the full time workers the lawsuit was representing. Meanwhile, the DFEH is also alleging that Activision Blizzard is directly interfering with the department's ability to conduct its investigation in relation to the lawsuit.
The latest fallout from the ongoing Activision Blizzard lawsuit sees more companies pulling their advertisement for Overwatch League. Read on for details.
Ever since the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard alleging sexual harassment and discrimination was filed on July 22, it's safe to say several developments have occurred. To help you (and us) keep track of what's happened (so far), we've compiled a list of events below.
The fallout from the Activision Blizzard lawsuit continues as T-Mobile drops their sponsorship from Overwatch League and Call of Duty League.
In what has become a trend, Blizzard is reporting lower monthly active users with its most recent quarterly financial report, seeing a drop from 27 million MAUs in Q1 2021 to a reported 26 million MAUs in Q2 2021.
Activision Blizzard's employees have formed a coalition of workers across the publisher's studios. The coalition, which calls itself the ABK Workers Alliance, is stepping up to organize the collective actions taken in response to the lawsuit allegations against Activision Blizzard late last month, specifically criticizing the lawfirm the gaming giant has chosen to audit the workplace.
Blizzard's J. Allen Brack has stepped down from his position as President of Blizzard today as revealed on Blizzard's site. Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra (the latter formerly of Microsoft) will now head the studio.
Activision Blizzard has confirmed to Kotaku that former creative director Alex Afrasiabi was fired from the company following allegations of misconduct during his tenure at the gaming giant. The confirmation comes as part of a larger report into what was called the "Cosby Suite" at Activision Blizzard, which was also referred to in the complaint filed by a California agency.
Today, multitudes of current and former employees of Activision Blizzard, as well as many across the gaming industry, have staged a walkout in protest to the company's response to the allegations that Activision Blizzard allowed a culture of sexual discrimination flourish at the studio.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has finally addressed the allegations levied against the publisher in a public statement sent to employees earlier this evening. The statement calls the company's initial responses "tone deaf" as he thanked employees who have come forward in recent days.