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Activision Blizzard Has Fired or Pushed Out Over 3 Dozen Employees for Workplace Misconduct

Activision Blizzard Has Fired or Pushed Out Over 3 Dozen Employees for Workplace Misconduct - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 February 2022 / 1,376 Views

Activision Blizzard has fired or pushed out over three dozen employees for workplace misconduct since Summer 2021. 

The gaming giant has confirmed 37 employees have "exited" the company and another 44 have been disciplined as the investigations over the allegations of misconduct.

Sources have told The Wall Street Journal that Activision has received roughly 700 complaints from employees over workplace misconduct and other issues since last July when it was sued by the California Department of Fair Employment.

The sources in the report claim Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick delayed plans to release a summary of the actions to its employees that have left or were disciplined until after Christmas.

Activision Blizzard Has Fired or Pushed Out Over 3 Dozen Employees for Workplace Misconduct

It was revealed last November Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick knew for years about the sexual misconduct allegations at the gaming giant.

Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan in an email to PlayStation employees said he was "disheartened and frankly stunned to read."

The head of Xbox Phil Spencer also in an email to Xbox employees said Xbox is "evaluating all aspects of our relationship" with Activision Blizzard. He and the gaming leadership team are "disturbed and deeply troubled by the horrific events and actions" at the publisher.

Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser in an email sent to the rest of the company said he found the "accounts distressing and disturbing. They run counter to my values as well as Nintendo’s beliefs, values and policies."


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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14 Comments
2zosteven (on 17 January 2022)

yet Bobby remains in charge.

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CaptainExplosion 2zosteven (on 17 January 2022)

He should be in prison.

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Medisti CaptainExplosion (on 17 January 2022)

For what criminal charges?

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Chazore Medisti (on 18 January 2022)

For allowing this all to happen, and we know that he knew about all that's gone on, even when that employee ended her own life, he didn't do much about it.

Sometimes a CEO has actually got to answer for bad shit that goes on within their company. I know some of you on here find that really alien and unjust to think such a thing, but I find that the truly warped viewpoint.

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2zosteven Medisti (on 18 January 2022)

what would you think if your mom, sister, wife or daughter was a victim here, and the CEO did nothing about it?

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CaptainExplosion 2zosteven (on 18 January 2022)

EXACTLY. Why am I constantly being downvoted when I say an inhuman piece of shit should be locked up?

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Medisti 2zosteven (on 19 January 2022)

I'd say there's a distinction between criminal and civil charges for a reason and the guy should have been fired and blacklisted. The ones who should be arrested are the ones actually committing the harassment.

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CaptainExplosion Medisti (on 19 January 2022)

I understand what you're saying, but I say coddling the abusers is as bad as actually doing the deed yourself, and the deceased employee's family should be allowed to at least sue for wrongful death.

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Medisti CaptainExplosion (on 26 January 2022)

I pray you never have any involvement in the legal system. There's a reason different tiers of charges or civil offenses exist, so the punishment will fit the crime.

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CaptainExplosion Medisti (on 26 January 2022)

I fail to see how his "punishment" fits what he's done. He's getting away without so much as a slap on the wrist.

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