ActiBlizz Activist Resigns

A tweet from Jessica Gonzalez announces her resignation from Blizzard Entertainment (thanks Eurogamer). She has been involved in pushing for the removal of Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick over the ongoing sexual harassment scandal that's engulfed the company (her username includes the #FireBobbyKotick hashtag). This sentiment is apparently viral, as there's also a group pushing for Kotick's removal from Coke's Board. Jessica says she is leaving game development entirely, and takes a parting shot on the way out:
My commitment to my Future…

Hello ABK,

Unfortunately, this is a goodbye message. It's been a long journey over the years, and I have made the decision to leave Blizzard by putting my well-being first. I've accepted an opportunity that is too good to pass up. I'll still be moving into a senior quality engineering role for a financial tech company, and out of Game Development entirely.

I regret that I couldn't meet my colleagues under better circumstances, but I take our shared vision for diversity, equity, inclusion, and worker's rights with me and value the work that we've done during my time here. For those of you thankful for my voice, I encourage you to find yours and use it. There are good people in the industry, and I believe with enough education and awareness ABK can be a great place to be. There's lots of work to do still and I am mentally wounded from this fight. It's been a long and exhausting road for change, but it isn't over.

Don't forget what so many passionate developers worked hard towards and continued to work towards in my absence. Let your passion and the passion of those around you drive the spark that ignites meaningful change. I believe in the good people in this company and can't wait to see where you all can take it.

To @bkotick: Your inaction and refusal to take accountability is driving out great talent and the products will suffer until you are removed from your position as CEO. This may seem harsh, but you had years to fix the culture and look at where the community currently stands.

My last day is December 10th.

Every voice matters,

Jessica Gonzales