“There is no place in our business where discrimination, harassment or unequal treatment of any kind will be tolerated,” Kotick said in his opening statement. “Our work environment, wherever we operate, will not allow discrimination, harassment or unequal treatment. We will be the company that sets an example in our industry. “Kotick referred to today’s ousting of J. Allen Brack as president of Blizzard, saying he’s confident new co-leaders Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra “will ensure Blizzard offers the venue to.” welcoming, comfortable and safe work that is essential to foster creativity and inspiration. He also pledged to investigate all employee complaints and said Activision Blizzard will hire new staff and resources for its compliance and employee relations teams. And he promised Blizzard won’t hesitate to fire people when needed.
“People will be held accountable for their actions,” Kotick said. “This commitment means that we will not just terminate employees where appropriate, but also terminate any manager or officer who interfered with the integrity of our processes for assessing claims and imposing appropriate consequences. “
Activision Blizzard made similar commitments in its second quarter press release, noting that it has hired a law firm to review its policies and procedures and promising more ways for employees to speak out against abuse.
“We will assess managers and executives across the business for their compliance with our processes for assessing claims and imposing appropriate consequences,” the company said. “And we will add resources to ensure and improve our consideration of diverse candidate lists for all open positions.” Company management is committed to creating the most welcoming, comfortable and safe culture possible. “
The hope is that Activision Blizzard takes its issues seriously and acts accordingly to resolve them. But the steps taken so far have not had too much of a positive impact on employees: Earlier today, a group of employees calling themselves the ABK Workers Alliance rejected the firm’s choice of company. of WilmerHale lawyers to conduct its internal review, saying it “has a history of discouraging workers’ rights and collective action.” ”
Employees also expressed doubts over Kotick’s statement of appeal of results on social media, reiterating demands made during last week’s walkout.
today, during the second quarter earnings call, executives said “… we are taking action to address employee concerns…” which is odd, because so far none of the employee inquiries was RECOGNIZED, let alone satisfied. #ABetterABK pic.twitter.com/uoGu0dGB94August 3, 2021
This is a non-negotiable request. Diversity is extremely important in creating games that appeal to a large audience. #ABetterABK #EndAbuseInGaming #SquadUpForEquality https://t.co/TaUtc5pDo7August 3, 2021
Kotick’s Lipservice on “Empowering leaders and firing people who don’t maintain a safe work environment” Townsend is still there. #ABetterABKAugust 3, 2021
While employees are clearly not appeased by management’s reactions and insist on more, the earnings report also makes it clear that shareholder reaction is a major driver of the company’s response: prolonged periods of bad publicity, drastically reduced productivity or other negative consequences related to this case, our business would likely be negatively affected, ”he says. “We carefully monitor all aspects of our business to detect such impacts. “