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Sony’s Jim Ryan criticizes Activision Blizzard’s response to Kotick’s report

The head of PlayStation told employees that the Call of Duty publisher “hasn’t done enough to address a deep culture of discrimination and harassment.”

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan is unhappy with the way Activision Blizzard has responded to its recent scandals, according to Bloomberg.

The magazine reports that Ryan emailed employees a link to a Wall Street Journal story yesterday saying that Kotick – among other things – intervened to hold a senior Call of Duty developer after he was accused of sexual harassment, passing a recommendation from HR that the developer be fired.

Ryan said that Activision “hasn’t done enough to address its deep culture of discrimination and harassment,” adding that PlayStation has reached out to the company to see what it plans to do in light of the incidents detailed. in the article.

“We don’t believe their response statements properly address the situation,” Ryan said.

After the Wall Street Journal article, the Activision Blizzard staff group ABK Workers Alliance calls for the removal of Kotick, and within hours, the company’s board of directors issued a statement in support of Kotick.

Today, a group of Activision Blizzard shareholders – led by people protest against Kotick .’s compensation package earlier this year – issued a call for Kotick to step down.

Also, the Twitter account of Activision Blizzard studio Toys For Bob posted on Twitter used the ABK Workers Union’s preferred hashtag, saying, “Today and always, we support the women and all of our colleagues at Activision Blizzard. We must build. #ABetterABK.”

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-11-17-sonys-jim-ryan-critical-of-activision-blizzard-response-to-kotick-report | Sony's Jim Ryan criticizes Activision Blizzard's response to Kotick's report

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