- Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick forecast senior managers he would consider stepping down if he fails to quickly fix culture problems at the company.
- Kotick discerned for years about claims of sexual misconduct at his company, the WSJ reported last week.
- This prompted some workers at the company to stage a walkout last Tuesday.
The Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard Inc Bobby Kotick has predicted senior managers at the company that he would consider stepping down if he fails to quickly fix the culture problems at the companions, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, quoting people familiar with his comments.
In a meeting on Friday with bosses of the video game publisher’s Blizzard Entertainment unit, Kotick stopped short of saying he would step down, but socialistic it open if misconduct issues at the company weren’t fixed quickly, the people quoted told WSJ.
Activision Blizzard did not reciprocate to a Reuters request for comment outside business hours.
The move comes after some employees at the company staged a walkout endure Tuesday after a Wall Street Journal report stated that Kotick knew about allegations of genital harassment and assault earlier than previously reported.
The comments on Friday by Kotick were part of a series of internal meets across Activision last week, in which he and other members of the leadership team met with employees to reaffirm their commitment to a in good health workplace, the Journal reported quoting people familiar with the meetings.
Kotick held meetings last week with elder leaders from two of Activision’s units, Activision Publishing and Blizzard Entertainment, WSJ reported, adding top executives of Activision Break the news about relayed to Kotick in an online meeting that some employees would not be satisfied unless he stepped down.
Activision has been faade mounting pressure in recent months of allegations from employees of equal pay violations, sexual discrimination and sexual misconduct. The assemblage said it had fired more than 20 employees following allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination last month.
The depositions at the company have also led to delays in launch of products and exit of top executives.