EA Addresses Toxicity Ahead of Activision Blizzard Lawsuit

The ongoing Activision Blizzard fiasco has prompted some high-profile companies to talk about toxic work environments, and publisher Electronic Arts is the latest company to join.

In an interview with Games Industry, executive Chris Bruzzo said having “bad actors” and toxicity in large organizations is inevitable, but it’s up to management to act in a timely and appropriate manner. Bruzzo acknowledged that as a company with more than 10,000 employees, EA also has issues, but it has a team dedicated to investigating complaints and taking the necessary steps to address them. Bruzzo revealed that EA had to “take some important steps and lay off employees, etc. in recent years.”

“We encourage people to raise their hands,” Bruzzo told Games Industry. “We try to make it easier for them. So I think we’re going to have an explosion of incidents so we can identify more of the things that are disruptive and take action on them.”

EA recently fired lead Apex Legends developer, Daniel Z Klein, resurfaced after racist and sexist comments he made in a blog in 2007. While the comments – some of which are quite graphic – were made a long time ago, concerned players pointed out that Klein was well into his thirties when he wrote them, so he wasn’t exactly youthful.

“Will there be places where bad actors or toxic environments exist within Electronic Arts’ employment culture? Sure,” Bruzzo continued. “Once you get to that level, that size of a population, you can hardly go there. around. [But] just like on the player toxicity side, you need to have a team that investigates complaints and takes action.”

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