Activision Blizzard CEO Breaks Silence on Accusations and Lawsuit

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has broken his silence on the recent lawsuit and sexual harassment allegations, calling the company’s initial response “tone deaf” and promising “quick action.”

In a letter Addressed to workers, who have planned a strike and have previously written a letter denouncing the board’s statements, Kotick said it was a “difficult” and “troubling” week and appreciated those who came forward with their stories.

“Many of you have told us that active outreach stems from such a deep concern for the company,” Kotick wrote. “Having so many people reaching out and sharing thoughts, suggestions and highlighting opportunities for improvement is a powerful reflection of how you care for our communities of colleagues and players – and each other. Making sure we have a safe and welcoming work environment is my top priority. The leadership team heard you loud and clear.”

Kotick’s “quick action” includes hiring a law firm to review Activision Blizzard’s policies and procedures to “ensure we have and maintain best practices to promote a respectful and inclusive workplace.” The law firm, WilmerHale, is headed by Stephanie Avakian – formerly director of the Enforcement Division of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

In 2010, Kotick was forced to relinquish millions of dollars after the completion of a 2007 sexual harassment case filed by a former female employee of Cove Management – a company he owned. Kotick fired her after she complained that she was being harassed by a male colleague. We don’t want to deviate from the current issue, so you can read more about that fiasco here if you wish.