Tuesday, November 30

Microsoft also calls the situation at Activision Blizzard disturbing

The “Kotick-Twilight” goes into the next round. The scandal around Sexism and Discrimination at Activision Blizzard leads to new developments every day. According to the Wall Street Journal revelations CEO Bobby Kotick have known about the grievances in his company for years.

Little by little, the companies working with Activision Blizzard are now speaking out, too Xbox company Microsoft.

Xbox boss finds allegations disturbing

Phil Spencer, the Xbox Head of Department at Microsoft, turns in a Mail made public by Bloomberg to his employees. Spencer writes in it that he is “disturbed and deeply worried by the terrifying incidents and behavior [Koticks]”.

He goes on to make it clear that this type of behavior has no place in the gaming industry. In his message, he referred to the Wall Street Journal article.

Already had before Jim Ryan, President of Sony Interactive, Massive criticism in an internal mail. He was “dejected and stunned” and criticized that Kotick had not commented sufficiently on the allegations of the Wall Street Journal.

But Spencer even goes one step further than Sony. He speaks of wanting to re-evaluate “all aspects” of the business relationship with Activision Blizzard. This implies that Spencer is ready to take drastic measures if there are no consequences. This can only mean Kotick’s resignation.

What does Activison say about the allegations?

To the allegations of the gaming giants Sony and Microsoft did Activision expressed as follows:

“We value the feedback from our valuable partners and will exchange ideas with them more deeply. We have implemented detailed and important changes in the last few weeks and will not stop with them. We are working hard to ensure that our [Firmen-]culture and our workplace are safe, diverse and inclusive. ”

Board stands by Kotick

Already on Tuesday the board said in a statement. Despite the serious allegations, they continue to support Kotick and have “Vtrust in Bobby Kotick’s leadership skills “. It remains to be seen whether the board will change its mind.

Employee indignant

Organized right after the Wall Street Journal revelations ABK, the union of Activision Blizzard employees, a strike. More than 150 employees vented their anger at the Blizzard campus in Irvine, California and demanded Kotick’s immediate resignation.

But not only the employees demand it Blizzard CEO resigns, but also the shareholders are fed up. Since of the California authorities’ original lawsuit in July is the Share in free fall.

What consequences could Spencer’s statement have?

Xbox is one of them just like Playstation largest console manufacturers on the market. Virtually all Activision Blizzard games, such as the recently released Call of Duty Vanguard, also appear for the consoles. Depending on how far Microsoft wants to go, the publisher’s games could be removed from the shop to force a reaction from the company. There are always special advertising deals with the companies, which of course are currently all on the brink.

This would mean massive economic damage for the already ailing Activision Blizzard. It remains to be seen what reactions will follow to the publisher’s disturbing practices.

Those: Bloomberg

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