The troubled Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is still the head of the company and continues to be supported by the board of directors, which issued a statement earlier this week saying that he “remains confident in his leadership.” But now it faces pressure from a large number of employees and some very important external sources: a report earlier today revealed that Sony Interactive’s President and CEO Jim Ryan criticized Activision Blizzard’s “deep-rooted culture of discrimination. “.And harassment” in an internal email, now Bloomberg According to the report, Xbox boss Phil Spencer (Phil Spencer) has sent a similar email to Microsoft employees.
Spencer said that the Xbox leadership team was “disturbed and deeply disturbed” by Activision Blizzard’s terrible incidents and actions. This is a severe criticism of Kotick’s awareness of the company’s new allegations of widespread sexual abuse and harassment. But Spencer went further, saying that he was “evaluating all aspects of Microsoft’s relationship with Activision Blizzard” and “making continuous active adjustments,” and did not very cleverly imply that as long as the situation remains the same, the two companies The relationship between the two parties may be affected.
A Microsoft representative confirmed that Bloomberg’s report was accurate.
Spencer said in a statement emailed to PC Gamer: “I personally attach great importance to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Xbox employees.” “This is not a destination, but where we will always be. Journey. The leadership of Xbox and Microsoft supports our team and supports them in creating a safer environment for everyone.”
In response to the report, an Activision spokesperson stated that the company respects the “feedback” of its partners and is “further contacting them” on this matter.
The representative said: “We have detailed the important changes implemented in recent weeks, and we will continue to do so.” “We are committed to ensuring that our culture and workplace are safe, diverse and inclusive. We know this will take time, but We will not stop until we provide our team with the best workplace.”
Kotick is under increasing pressure to step down. Earlier this week, more than 150 employees went on strike and demanded his resignation, and hundreds of employees signed a petition circulating today calling for him to resign. Since the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit in mid-July, dragging these allegations into the public arena, the company’s stock price has also been going the wrong way. Kotic has previously stated that he intends to lead the company out of the current chaos, but if the heads of the two mainframe platforms think he is too poisonous, the board of directors of Activision Blizzard may have no choice but to reduce losses.