The current situation surrounding Activision Blizzard and its contentious CEO Bobby Kotick continues to cause mass walkouts and protests from employees calling for Kotick’s resignation. Just recently, when a scathing article from The Wall Street Journal came to light that Kotick was fully aware of the alleged harassment happening at the company and tried to sweep it under the rug, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan and Xbox boss Phil Spencer spoke out against the situation too.
Both Ryan and Spencer have harshly criticized Activision Blizzard and Kotick’s behaviour. Ryan stated that he was “disheartened and frankly stunned” by the events. PlayStation has reached out to the company to express their “deep concern and to ask how they plan to address the claims made in the article.”
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Meanwhile, Spencer also wrote that he was “disturbed and deeply troubled by the horrific events” unfolding at Activision Blizzard, and confirmed that Microsoft was “evaluating all aspects of our relationship with Activision Blizzard and making ongoing proactive adjustments.”
This could be quite disastrous for Activision Blizzard as it seems like PlayStation and Xbox could potentially cut ties in the worst-case scenario, or take some form of action to condemn the Kotick-run company. Some have put forth the idea that Xbox might remove all Activision Blizzard published titles from the Microsoft Store, and PlayStation could possibly follow suit.
As it stands, there seem to be massive forces against Bobby Kotick in the gaming industry (and it could reach more support now with PlayStation and Xbox’s involvement and vocal disapproval), but board members at Activision Blizzard remain adamant about protecting Kotick. However, Activision Blizzard stocks continue to plummet in the wake of The Wall Street Journal’s article. We’ll keep you updated as the situation progresses.
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