The fact that more than 1,000 employees at Activision Blizzard stopped working in protest and held several street protests is one thing, but the fact that large partners such as Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo are now also putting pressure on them can have a completely different effect.
CEO Bobby Kotick has come under heavy pressure after several critical articles from Bloomberg, among others, and now another organization is ready to criticize him and his company’s behavior. This time it is ESA, the group that traditionally lobbies for the gaming industry and arranges E3, who likes it. In another statement Games Industry says the following about Activision Blizzard:
“Harassment, abuse, or mistreatment of any kind in the workplace is unacceptable and must never be tolerated. When allegations arise, people impacted need to have their voices heard. Any allegation needs to be acknowledged, thoroughly investigated, and addressed with meaningful consequences. The vitality of our industry requires that everyone in the workplace – and in our communities – feels valued and respected. As an industry association, the ESA convenes its member companies to create dialogue and shape actions to ensure that these beliefs are realized.”
However, it does not appear that ESA intends to do more than this, and they have not informed Games Industry of any concrete action they intend to take.
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