PlayStation’s Jim Ryan addresses Activision Blizzard’s response to allegations of abuse

Jim Ryan is speaking out about employee abuse at Activision Blizzard.

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PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan spoke out about Activision Blizzard’s inadequate response to bomb report from The Wall Street Journal Alleged that Bobby Kotick had known about allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct for years and defended the offenders, but lied about it to his shareholders.

As reported by BloombergRyan criticized the way Activision Blizzard handled allegations of sexual abuse and harassment that were reported in the article in an internal email to his staff, where he cited and linked the story. He wrote that he and his management were “deeply annoyed and truly stunned to read” that Activision, to this day, has not done much to properly address the culture of abuse and malicious and false corporate harassment.

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Ryan wrote: “We reached out to Activision shortly after the article was published to express our deep concern and ask how they plan to address the claims raised in the article. “We do not believe their response statements properly address the situation.”

Sony has had a close relationship with Activision for several decades. The companies have frequently collaborated on elaborate marketing deals for most of the games Activision publishes for the PlayStation, such as Call of Duty and Crash Bandicoot.

Shortly after The Wall Street Journal’s story was published, over 150 Activision Blizzard employees organized a walk and called for the immediate resignation of Kotick, who is accused not only of contributing to a sexual misconduct scandal but also of preventing HR from ending the alleged sexual harassment of an executive, threatened to kill a former employee he harassed himself with and fired a flight. Flight attendant after the pilot of a private jet sexually assaulted her. The company’s board of directors issued a statement defending the CEO, which prompted shareholders to call for his resignation.

Meanwhile, the former co-leader of Blizzard Jen Oneal said she was paid less than her male colleague, Mike Ybarra, since she was hired for the role in August, and that she was harassed early in her career in 2007. She even stated that she was only paid equal salary after she resigned from her position.

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