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Activision Blizzard President Resigns amidst Outrage and Fallout Following DFEH Lawsuit: All We Know So Far !

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It all started when California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a shocking lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. Naming several top level executives in its report, the DFEH accused the company of perpetrating and propagating discrimination against its female employees and harassing them, in a “frat boy” like work culture. The company in its initial reaction refuted the claims.

The company’s response to the lawsuit set the course for severe backlash and outrage, from the victims of these incidents as well as the entire gaming community. The widespread backlash led to several signing an open letter and staging a walkout outside Activision Blizzard’s California headquarters. Following the walkout, the company CEO, Bobby Kotick addressed the issue and promised action, calling the initial response “tone deaf”.

 However, matters took a turn for the worse when fresh accusations and stories of depravities and horror that the female employees had to endure on an almost daily basis, at Activision Blizzard emerged. The company however, despite its willingness to address the issue has constantly skirting the demands of the employees. This has further led to agitation.

Amidst it all, on August 3, 2021, the company announced that J. Allen Brack, Activision Blizzard’s President and one of several named in the DFEH report, has resigned. In his place, Jen Oneal, executive vice president, development and Mike Ybarra, general manager and executive vice president, platform and technology, and will be co-leading the company.  In his statement, Brack, who had been working at the company since 2008, stated that he is confident they “will provide the leadership Blizzard needs to realize its full potential and will accelerate the pace of change”.

As tensions rise, it is in favour of Activision Blizzard to address the prevalent issues instead of skirting around it, like it has been doing. It is high time that they acknowledge the struggles that their female employees have been going through. In this ongoing issue, we extend our support to all the victims and hope that they get to work in an environment where they feel safe and valued for the work they do.

We will keep you updated about any new updates that emerge on this issue.

For more information on the lawsuit, head over to our other articles.

Source: Venture Beat

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