The Game Awards host and creator Geoff Keighley has condemned Activision Blizzard following the numerous ongoing lawsuits levelled at the company about misconduct and sexual harassment. As such, he’s also excluded them from The Game Awards this year, though their nominations will still stand.
Keighley took to Twitter to condemn harassment of any kind in the workplace or otherwise, confirming Activision Blizzard’s exclusion from The Game Awards in the process. Beyond their nominations, the publisher behind Call of Duty, Diablo and World of Warcraft will not be a part of the gaming announcements or festivities this year.
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Keighley’s Twitter statement reads as follows:
“Beyond its nominations, I can confirm that Activision Blizzard will not be a part of this year’s The Game Awards.
The Game Awards is a time of celebration for this industry, the biggest form of entertainment in the world. There is no place for abuse, harassment or predatory practices in any company or any community.
I also realize we have a big platform which can accelerate and inspire change. We are committed to that, but we all need to work together to build a better and a more inclusive environment so everyone feels safe to build the world’s best games.”
Fans have called for Activision Blizzard’s nominations to be revoked altogether, which includes Call of Duty Warzone for Best Ongoing Game. Additionally, his statement has also come under fire from the community who demands that Keighley make a statement at the awards show itself, and also address the issues head-on by making necessary changes to the awards proceedings. As it stands, one of the members on The Game Awards’ advisory board is an executive at Activision, the company’s president Rob Kostich. Read more about the Activision Blizzard lawsuits right here.
The Game Awards takes place on 9 December 2021.
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