Activision Blizzard employees say the CEO’s letter “doesn’t respond” to key concerns


In a new letter, Activision Blizzard employees stated that CEO Bobby Kotick’s memorandum addressing allegations of sexual harassment and workplace discrimination in the company “does not address critical factors in employee concerns”. Last week, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) brought a huge lawsuit against the company bring up arguments.

Staff hit the company’s initial response to the lawsuit, and in a Wednesday response, employees said they were glad to see that they had “convinced leadership to change the tone of their communications.” However, employees point out that Kotick’s letter does not address some key concerns, such as the termination of forced arbitration for all employees and the need for wage transparency. We have published a complete employee response at the end of this article.

Employees are supposed to go out in response to the company’s handling of allegations at 13:00 ET / 10:00 PT. Activision Blizzard management informed employees on Tuesday they get no consequences for their participation and receive paid leave.

Here is the employee response:

The night before the workers left, Activision Blizzard’s management issued a statement apologizing for its adverse responses to last week’s DFEH lawsuit. While we are glad to see that our collective voices – including an open letter with the signatures of thousands of current employees – have persuaded leadership to change the tone of their communications, this response ignores key elements of employee concerns.

Activision Blizzard’s response did not address the following:

End of forced arbitration for all employees.

Employee involvement in overseeing hiring and promotion policies.

The need to increase wage transparency to ensure equality.

Personnel selected by a third party to inspect personnel and other company processes.

Today’s work experience shows that this is not a one-time event that our leaders can ignore. We do not return to silence; we are not placed in the same processes that led us to this point.

This is the beginning of a sustainable movement that encourages the promotion of better working conditions for all workers, especially women, especially women of color and transgender, non-binary and other marginalized groups.

We expect management to respond quickly and commit to the issues listed above, and we look forward to maintaining a constructive dialogue on how to build a better Activision Blizzard for all employees.

Today, we are defending change. Tomorrow and after that we will change.

Zoe Schiffer participated in the reporting.

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