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The US Securities and Exchange Commission – better known as the SEC – is the latest government agency to launch an investiagtion into Activision Blizzard, as The Wall Street Journal [paywall] reports. The agency has subpoenaed the publisher and its CEO, Bobby Kotick, for records related to employment, separation agreements, and communications between senior executives.
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Frances Townsend, Activision Blizzard’s president of corporate affairs, has removed herself from her role as executive sponsor of the company’s ABK Women’s Network. News that Townsend has stepped down comes in the wake of criticism stemming from a combative company email and of her retweeting an article calling out whistleblowers. According to an article published by The Washington
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By Sherif Saed6 August 2021 08:53 GMT Two major Overwatch League sponsors are dropping it. Coca-Cola, and State Farm have both said that they’re pulling back from partnerships with Blizzard’s esports tournament, the Overwatch League, following the State of California’s lawsuit against Activision Blizzard over discrimination and sexual harassment at its studios. The Washington Post
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By Sherif Saed4 August 2021 13:19 GMT Workers across Activision Blizzard have come together under a new banner. ABK Workers Alliance is a new coalition established by employees from Activision, Blizzard, and King’s various studios. The group’s first act was releasing a letter responding to CEO Bobby Kotick’s statement about the State of California’s lawsuit
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By Dom Peppiatt4 August 2021 11:34 GMT Diablo Immortal, Blizzard’s mobile take on the iconic RPG franchise, has been delayed until 2022. According to the company’s latest financial call, Diablo Immortal “is now planned for release in the first half of 2022, which will allow [the developer] to add substantial improvements to the whole game,”
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By Dom Peppiatt4 August 2021 09:14 GMT Things are getting from bad to worse for Activision Blizzard. Shareholders are now arguing that they were “economically damaged” as a result of company executives intentionally withholding information on the sexual harassment lawsuit. The new class-action complaint follows a two-year investigation conducted by the state of California, and has been filed
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Blizzard president J. Allen Brack has left the company after 16 years to “pursue new opportunities,” according to an announcement from Activision Blizzard. In Brack’s place, Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra have been appointed co-leaders of Blizzard. Activision Blizzard president and COO Daniel Alegre announced the news today following a letter to all employees. “I
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Nearly 500 Ubisoft employees have signed an open letter as they stand in solidarity with Activision Blizzard employees, criticizing the French publisher’s failure to deliver meaningful change after last year’s allegations. As the ongoing fallout to the explosive Activision Blizzard lawsuit continues, Ubisoft employees have signed an open letter showing support to workers walking out
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Organizers that planned the Activision Blizzard walkout yesterday have noted that CEO Bobby Kotick’s statement on the sexual harassment lawsuit failed to address their concerns or demands. After Kotick made a statement in response to the harassment and bullying lawsuit that’s been filed against the publisher yesterday, employees involved in the protest have said that
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In the wake of ongoing controversies surrounding Activision Blizzard‘s sexual harassment lawsuit, shareholders are investigating the company as its stocks start to slump. Shareholder rights law firm Robbins LLP is investigating Activision Blizzard to determine whether certain Activision officers and directors violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and breached their fiduciary duties to the
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Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has issued a public statement in response to the sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit that’s been filed against the company. Kotick addressed a message to all employees concerning the lawsuit brought by the state of California over allegations of harassment and bullying last week, and notes that the company’s response could have
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Activision Blizzard employees will stage a walkout to protest the company’s leadership and in support of the lawsuit brought by the state of California over allegations of harassment and bullying. The walkout will take place tomorrow, July 28, at Blizzard’s campus in Irvine, California. Along with news of the walkout, employees of the company released
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Over 1,500 Activision Blizzard employees have signed an open letter to the company’s management, criticizing its response to the discrimination and harassment lawsuit filed last week. A wealth of current employees from across all parts of Activision Blizzard have signed the letter that calls Activision Blizzard’s response to the sexual harrassment and discrimination lawsuit “abhorrent
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By Dom Peppiatt26 July 2021 20:31 GMT According to a senior developer at Activision Blizzard, practically all work on World of Warcraft has been halted by a lawsuit regarding sexual harassment, bullying, unfair pay, and more besides. Last week, following a two-year investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state filed a
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In response to the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard brought by the state of California, former president Mike Morhaime and current president J. Allen Brack have issued public and company-focused statements regarding the allegations brought forth in the suit. Earlier this week, it was reported that a two-year investigation by the state of California has brought
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