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Activision Blizzard Staff Reacts To Sexual Harassment Suit

July 29, 2021

Over 1,000 former or current employees of Activision Blizzard signed a letter condemning the company’s response to the harassment and discrimination lawsuit it’s facing.
Bloomberg reports that the signatories said that Activision Blizzard’s comments following the lawsuit were “abhorrent and insulting to everything we believe our company should stand for.”
Activision Blizzard fought back after the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit claiming the company’s toxic culture fostered harassment and discrimination against women. An employee of the company denied the allegations, calling them “distorted and false.”
Activision Blizzard was asked to acknowledge the “seriousness” of the allegations and “demonstrate compassion for victims of harassment and assault” in the letter.
ABK’s executive vice president for corporate affairs, Frances Townsend, was also asked to step down as executive sponsor of the Employee Women’s Network.
Within days, Townsend responded to the lawsuit: It was “farcical and irresponsible,” and presented a “distorted, untrue picture of [the] company, including old and incorrect stories, some dating back over a decade.”
Lastly, the letter asked the executive leadership team to work with staff on how to make Activision Blizzard a “safe place to speak out and come forward.”
According to the letter, “our values as employees are not accurately reflected in the words and actions of our leaders.” “These statements are detrimental to our ongoing quest for equality both within and outside of our industry.”
Activision Blizzard says the allegations are false and distorted “to create a company atmosphere that disbelieves victims,” the letter’s signatories wrote.
The letter also casts doubt on our organizations’ ability to hold abusers accountable for their actions and foster a safe environment where victims can come forward in the future. “These statements show that our leaders are not putting our values first. Immediate corrections should be made at the highest levels of our organization.”
According to Axios, 500 current and former Ubisoft employees signed an open letter criticizing the company’s handling of allegations.
There have been reports of harassment and inequality across multiple Ubisoft studios, most recently at Ubisoft Singapore.
Activision Blizzard employees are protesting their organization for similar reasons, and the group was in solidarity with them.
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The letter also suggested that large publishers and developers work together “to set rules and processes for dealing with complaints of these offenses.”
CNN reports that over 2,000 Activision Blizzard employees have signed a petition criticizing the company’s response to its recent sexual harassment allegations.

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