Activision Blizzard’s CEO Bobby Kotick has penned an open letter to employees, admitting that the publisher’s initial responses to a recently filed discrimination lawsuit that accused the publisher of fostering a “frat boy” office culture “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,” he says. “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 clear.”
Kotick explains that law firm WilmerHale will conduct a review of the company’s policies and procedures to ensure Activision Blizzard promotes a respectful and inclusive workplace, inviting staffers to reach out anonymously to the firm if they have something to share.
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