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Activision Blizzard Settles US Equal Employment Lawsuit for $18 Million

Activision Blizzard Settles US Equal Employment Lawsuit for $18 Million - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2021 / 1,283 Views

Activision Blizzard has settled a lawsuit with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with the promise to create an $18 million fund to compensate and make amends to eligible claimants. Any unused funds will be divided among charities that help advance women in the video game industry or promote awareness around gender equality issues and harassment. 

The publisher will also develop software tools and training programs to improve workplace policies and practices for employers across the industry. 

"There is no place anywhere at our company for discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind, and I am grateful to the employees who bravely shared their experiences," said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. "I am sorry that anyone had to experience inappropriate conduct, and I remain unwavering in my commitment to make Activision Blizzard one of the world’s most inclusive, respected, and respectful workplaces."

Activision Blizzard Settles US Equal Employment Lawsuit for $18 Million

Kotick added, "We will continue to be vigilant in our commitment to the elimination of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. We thank the EEOC for its constructive engagement as we work to fulfill our commitments to eradicate inappropriate conduct in the workplace."

Activision Blizzard is also taking steps to upgrade its  policies, practices, and training to prevent and eliminate discrimination and harassment in its workplaces. The company will also implement and expand its performance review system with a new focus on equal opportunity. 

The publisher will appoint a third-party equal opportunity consultant whose findings will be regularly reported to our Board of Directors as well as the Commission.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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15 Comments
Ryuu96 (on 28 September 2021)

Just an FYI as there is some confusion, this isn't the SEC or California lawsuit which will almost certainly be bigger, this was a recently filed separate lawsuit, I believe the 3rd?

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JackHandy (on 27 September 2021)

Don't you just love it when these companies come out and state that they are emphatically and categorically against this and that and that and this... as if millions of people are sitting around their smart phones, just waiting with bated breath for this huge, fortune-five-hundred conglomerate machine to profess their values?

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pokoko (on 28 September 2021)

Not surprising that they would settle as quickly as possible. Guilty or innocent, companies often settle simply to minimize negative press--and if you intend to settle from the start, go ahead and make an offer. The surprise for me is that the settlement is so low. Interesting.

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eva01beserk (on 28 September 2021)

$18M? Thats all for a multy billion dollar company? That's not even a slow weekend for them. I hope this is not over and there are still other battles cuz I would say then they won and got away with it.

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2zosteven eva01beserk (on 28 September 2021)

not trying to be insensitive to this subject, but maybe it wasn't that bad? if there is proof of sexual harassment, abuse and cover up then this is a low number for a company with huge resources.

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eva01beserk 2zosteven (on 28 September 2021)

If I'm not mistaken they had a video in the womens toilet and other similar stuff. Its beyond a doubt by now.

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Salnax (on 28 September 2021)

That's it?

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Pemalite (on 28 September 2021)

They obviously want this pushed under the rug ASAP to move upwards and onwards... Hopefully it work out.

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gtotheunit91 (on 27 September 2021)

…….I was not expecting them to settle this quickly

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2zosteven gtotheunit91 (on 28 September 2021)

Evidence must be overwhelming

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VAMatt gtotheunit91 (on 28 September 2021)

An $18mm fund is nothing for them. That's like $180 to me. I'd settle for that in a heartbeat if I was in charge over there, even if there was zero evidence. It is better to wrap it up.

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thevideogameninja (on 28 September 2021)

So... nothing is going to change. Got it.

-SAD BUT TRUE... NINJA APPROVED-

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CaptainExplosion (on 28 September 2021)

Boo!! Activi$ion Blizzturd should have to pay more than that.

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mjk45 CaptainExplosion (on 28 September 2021)

They would but they can't afford to the $18 million is all that's left after Kotic's yearly pay, and they can't sack anymore people to make it up since they are saving that for Bobbies next pay deal, and that's worrying him since the disposable employees pool has shrunk because sacking any women at this time would look bad.

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CaptainExplosion mjk45 (on 28 September 2021)

There's gotta be a way to get Bobby Nodick out of Activi$ion.

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