A Letter From CEO Bobby
Kotick to All Employees
has a follow-up to the "difficult and upsetting
week" that began with a
filed against Activision Blizzard by the state of California. This is
over a culture where "female employees are subjected to constant sexual
harassment, unequal pay, and retaliation." Echoing a sentiment shared by many outside observers, Kotick
calls many of the company's initial responses to the news "tone deaf." Here's a
This has been a difficult and upsetting week.
I want to recognize and thank all those who have come forward in the past
and in recent days. I so appreciate your courage. Every voice matters - and we
will do a better job of listening now, and in the future.
Our initial responses to the issues we face together, and to your concerns,
were, quite frankly, tone deaf.
It is imperative that we acknowledge all perspectives and experiences and
respect the feelings of those who have been mistreated in any way. I am
sorry that we did not provide the right empathy and understanding.
Many of you have told us that active outreach comes from caring so deeply for
the Company. That so many people have reached out and shared
thoughts, suggestions, and highlighted opportunities for improvement is a
powerful reflection of how you care for our communities of colleagues and
players – and for each other. Ensuring that we have a safe and welcoming work
environment is my highest priority. The leadership team has heard you loud and
We are taking swift action to be the compassionate, caring company you came to
work for and to ensure a safe environment. There is no place
anywhere at our Company for discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of
We will do everything possible to make sure that together, we improve and build
the kind of inclusive workplace that is essential to foster creativity and
I have asked the law firm WilmerHale to conduct a review of our policies and
procedures to ensure that we have and maintain best practices to
promote a respectful and inclusive workplace. This work will begin immediately.
The WilmerHale team will be led by Stephanie Avakian, who is a
member of the management team at WilmerHale and was most recently the Director
of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s
Division of Enforcement.