Activision Blizzard says it has made “important improvements” after allegations of toxic workplaces

Today, Activision Blizzard provided the latest initiatives to achieve its goal of “ensure that the workplace is inspiring, fair and respectful for all” and commented on the subpoena recently received by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Earlier today, it was reported that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had launched an investigation into Activision Blizzard. The agency subpoenaed publishers and Kotick to obtain records related to employment, termination agreements, and communications between senior management.

The government agency requested records dating back to 2019, hoping to review communications between Activision Blizzard executives on various complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination.

Activision Blizzard stated in today’s statement that it is complying with the subpoenas issued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to the company and several current and former employees and executives regarding employment matters and related issues. The company said it was “full of confidence in its previous disclosures” and is cooperating with the SEC’s investigation.

The company’s chief executive Bobby Kotic said in a statement that Activision Blizzard is committed to making the company “one of the best and most inclusive workplaces.”

“Nowhere in our company is discrimination, harassment or any form of unequal treatment,” Kotic said. “Although we continue to cooperate sincerely with regulatory agencies to resolve and resolve past workplace issues, we also continue to advance our own initiatives to ensure that we are the best place to work.

“We remain committed to solving all workplace problems in a direct and prompt manner.”

Kotick also stated that the company will continue to have fruitful contacts with regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), aimed at improving its work Site policies and procedures and ensure compliance.

The company actively engages in ongoing discussions with EEOC and cooperates with EEOC’s investigation of certain employment practices.

Activision Blizzard said it has made many “important improvements,” including personnel changes, layoffs and expanding compliance resources. In addition, it has also updated its human resources organization, this week the new chief personnel officer Julie Hodges will join the company from The Walt Disney Company. The company said it has also expanded training, performance management and anti-harassment resources.

As early as July, Activision Blizzard was accused by the State of California of fostering a culture of discrimination, abuse, sexual harassment, and more complaints primarily directed against Blizzard. This has caused some people in higher positions to leave the company.

Since the allegations were made public, Activision has issued a public statement on the lawsuit and the allegations made by current and former employees against it. One of them comes from the company’s main boss, Bobby Kotic, who promised that the company will “continue to investigate every claim” and that Activision will take decisive action without hesitation.

However, many former and current employees said at the time that Activision Blizzard had not done enough to solve the core problems. Employees of various departments of the company have also formed a coalition, calling on the CEO to decide to introduce a law firm that destroys the union to investigate various claims and so on.