Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick has told senior company managers that if he fails to quickly fix the culture problems at the company, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing people familiar with his comments. So he will consider leaving the post.
In a meeting Friday with executives from the video game publisher’s Blizzard Entertainment unit, Kotick stopped short of saying he would step down, but left it open if the malpractice issues at the company were not fixed quickly. given, people quoted told the WSJ,
Activision Blizzard did not respond to a Reuters request for comment outside business hours.
The move comes after some of the company’s employees staged a walkout last Tuesday following a Wall Street Journal report that said Kotick was more aware of the sexual assault and assault allegations than previously reported.
Kotick’s comments Friday were part of a series of internal meetings at Activision last week in which he and other members of the leadership team met with employees to reaffirm their commitment to a healthier workplace, the Journal reported. Quoting people familiar with ,
Kotick last week held meetings with senior leaders from two of Activision’s units, Activision Publishing and Blizzard Entertainment, the WSJ reported, adding Kotick to Activision Publishing’s top executives in an online meeting that some employees will not be satisfied unless that he would not give up.
Activism is facing increasing pressure in recent months after allegations of equal pay violations, sex discrimination and sexual misconduct by employees. The company said it had fired more than 20 employees last month following allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination.
The allegations against the company have led to delays in the launch of products and exits of top executives.
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