Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is considering stepping down as executive manager amid yet another turbulent period for the company. The information is from The Wall Street Journal website.
According to the report, Kotick spoke with some of the company’s managers and, for the first time, said that his departure could actually happen — but only if he “can’t quickly fix the problems of the company’s culture”, without specifying exactly a deadline or what measures would be taken for this. This is the first time the executive would have agreed to the resignation.
In a meeting held last Friday (19), he apologized for not having acted against the “incidents” that happened at the company in recent years, but this action is not seen as sufficient by some groups of employees. The resignation of Kotick, who became CEO of Activision in 1991, would be the only way to calm the tempers of some of these wings. However, the shareholders’ council remains on the executive’s side.
Remember the crisis at Activision Blizzard
The current crisis involving the giant began in July this year, when a lawsuit led by the California Department of Labor and Housing Justice, in the United States, detailed how the company, for years, cultivated a work environment fraught with harassment, abuse and inequalities.
Initially, the company rejected the accusations, but soon changed its discourse and began to adopt a posture of internal change. Blizzard President J. Allen Brack left office in August. Three months after being appointed co-leader of the company, Jen Oneal also announced her departure.
In addition, two of the company’s most anticipated projects, Diablo IV and Overwatch 2, were postponed indefinitely. In the last week, employees began to put pressure on the CEO after new allegations that the “zero tolerance” measure would not apply to Kotick, who allegedly also knew of the numerous cases of harassment and inappropriate conduct at the company, but did little to combat this environment. .