According to a report published by Bloomberg, Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft’s gaming division, said he and the Xbox team were deeply troubled by the actions of Activision Blizzard Regarding allegations of sexual harassment against CEO Bobby Kotik as they stand Re-evaluate relations with the company Irvine.
For those who missed the latest news regarding the Activision Blizzard affair, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that Kotick not only knew about sexual harassment within the company for years, but allegedly committed it himself in the past. After the latest accusations, company employees loudly demanded Kotick’s resignation, even staging a protest outside the company’s headquarters. However, Activision’s board of directors decided to take the CEO’s side, saying they had full confidence in his leadership.
In an internal email sent to Xbox employees, which Bloomberg’s Jason Schreyer is said to have seen, Spencer said he and the management team were “disturbed and very troubled From the apocalyptic events and actions of Activision Blizzard.
“This kind of behavior should not exist in our industry,” Spencer says in the email, adding that the Xbox team is “evaluating all aspects of their relationship with Activision Blizzard and making ongoing proactive adjustments” in light of recent events at the Irvine Company.
Spencer’s thinking seems to align with that of Jim Ryan, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment. Also according to an email obtained by Schreyer, Ryan said he was frustrated and surprised that Activision “didn’t want to do enough to correct the entrenched culture of discrimination and abuse.”
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