On Saturday, I did a post on the latest happenings within the ongoing story involving the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s (DFEH) lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. Filed on July 20th, the lawsuit (which you can view HERE) came on the heels of at least two years of an investigation where the government entity came across instances of unequal pay, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and other issues which indicated an unsafe working environment. Unfortunately, one instance involved a female employee committing suicide. Activision Blizzard responded to the allegations days later with a statement that dismissed the findings of the DFEH’s investigation as “inaccurate.” I included this full statement in my previous post. But Blizzard Co-Founder and former CEO Mike Morhaime made an apologetic post on social media over the weekend that gives credence to the mistreatment of the organization’s employees.
Now, nearly 1,000 thousand Activision Blizzard employees have come together with a shared voice to express their displeasure with how their company leaders have handled the allegations while calling for leadership to take responsibility for the company’s workplace issues. Below is the full statement released to the public captured from a Game Informer article.
To see so many employees coming together is a big deal and this looks like a situation that the leadership of Activision Blizzard has allowed to balloon out of control. This needs to be rectified and the company needs to be held accountable. I truly hope that the victims can get justice because nobody, in any industry, deserves to be in a workplace environment like what is described in this lawsuit. At the same time, I am interested to hear Activision Blizzard’s side of things in more detail as the company seeks to defend itself against these allegations. But with the state of California, both current and former workers, as well as a former CEO acknowledging terrible workplace behavior and practices, this doesn’t look good for the company.
Once again, this post is for information purposes. I will not be making any further posts on this at this time. Any new information that is significant will be added to the bottom of this post. Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading.
UPDATE: Activision Blizzard employees are planning to hold a walkout tomorrow. Read about the latest news from Gamespot.