Microsoft's Xbox manager commented that he would reconsider his relationship with Activision Blizzard, which is shaken by sexual harassment and sexism
Activision Blizzard , known for games such as the Call of Duty series and Overwatch , has been shaken by sexism and sexual harassment issues, and CEO Robert Cortic is silent despite being aware of the issue. It was reported that it was. In response to a series of reports, Microsoft's executive vice president of gaming, Phil Spencer , head of the Xbox brand, has indicated his intention to rethink his relationship with Activision Blizzard, Bloomberg said. I am reporting.
Xbox Is Evaluating Relationship With Activision --Bloomberg
Microsoft Xbox boss Phil Spencer tells staff he's'deeply troubled' by Activision Blizzard --The Verge
More than 1,000 Activision Blizzard workers sign petition to drop CEO Bobby Kotick --Polygon
It all started in July 2021 when the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed a proceeding against Activision Blizzard and its subsidiaries. DFEH pointed out that there was sexual harassment and treatment inequality for female employees within Activision Blizzard.
What is the content of the open letter signed by about 1000 employees in a lawsuit for sexual abuse and abuse by the game company 'Activision Blizzard' with Call of Duty? --GIGAZINE
Starting with this proceeding, the testimony that a former employee actually suffered discrimination and harassment was shared on SNS, and the problem of Activision Blizzard quickly became a big problem that shakes the entire game industry. .. The Wall Street Journal reported that 'we were aware of internal sexism and sexual harassment even before Cortic CEO was sued.'
It was reported that the CEO of Activision Blizzard was aware of the sexual damage of employees even before he was sued, and it developed into a strike by employees --GIGAZINE
Following this report, more than 1,000 Activision Blizzard employees have signed a petition calling for the resignation of CEO Cortic.
We have just passed over 1k signatures https://t.co/XxlYeJZBtW— ABetterABK ???? ABK Workers Alliance (@ABetterABK) November 18, 2021
Meanwhile, in an email sent to internal staff, Mr. Spencer said, 'I am deeply disturbed by the problem of Activision Blizzard.' 'Such an act exists in our industry. 'Sen' and commented. 'We evaluate every aspect of our relationship with Activision Blizzard and make continuous and active adjustments,' he said. A Microsoft spokeswoman told IT-related news site The Verge that 'Bloomberg's coverage is accurate.'
Activision Blizzard has a lot to do with Xbox, and Bloomberg says the success of the Call of Duty series is largely due to Xbox Live. In fact, many Activision Blizzard games are available on the Xbox series. Therefore, if the Xbox side makes a negative decision about the relationship with Activision Blizzard, it can be a big blow to Activision Blizzard.
According to Bloomberg, Sony's PlayStation director Jim Ryan also said, 'I'm frankly disappointed to find that Activision Blizzard isn't doing enough to deal with the persistent culture of discrimination and harassment. I was stunned to say, 'I don't think the Activision Blizzard statement is responding appropriately to the problem,' he said.
'I personally have a strong value of welcoming all employees working on Xbox and providing a comprehensive environment. This is not a goal, we always try to walk. Xbox and Microsoft's leadership will help us build a safer environment for everyone by staying close to our team. '
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