While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a major federal government agency, has begun investigating Activision’s activities by the accusations of harassment and labor and sexual discrimination towards their employees, the company has published a press release where denies hindering the investigation of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), who unveiled the dire cases that had taken place at Blizzard over the past few years.
Numerous sources, including the DFEH, claim that Activision Blizzard has been removing evidence and documents to hinder the investigation, which is flatly denied by the company’s CEO, Bobby Kotick: “We are deeply committed to making Activision Blizzard one of the best and most inclusive places to work anywhere. There is absolutely no place in our Company for discrimination, harassment or unequal treatment of any kind ”, assures the manager in the Press release. “Yes OK we continue to work in good faith with regulators To address and resolve past issues, we also continue to advance our own initiatives to ensure that we are the best place to work. We remain committed to addressing all issues promptly and directly. “
In recent years there have been numerous cases of harassment and discrimination at some of the largest companies in the industryLike Ubisoft, but the scale this Activision Blizzard case has reached surpasses them all. The matter is so delicate that even a department of the federal government of the United States has had to start investigating the company.
At the moment, it seems early to see the end of this soap opera, we will see if it does not end with more dismissals within Activision Blizzard. We will see also if this affects future games of the company, such as Call of Duty: Vanguard and Diablo II: Resurrected.