Dan Bunting, former CEO of Activision Blizzard resigned from his position following allegations that he sexually harassed a subordinate. A lawsuit has been filed against the company and its parent company Tencent Holdings which reportedly knew about these accusations but did not take any action.
Dan Bunting, the former CEO of Activision Blizzard resigned after being accused of sexual harassment. Bobby Kotick, the current CEO allegedly knew about this case and is currently under investigation for his role in it.
The ball is rolling at Activision Blizzard: Dan Bunting’s case isn’t the first time a senior employee has been accused of sexual misbehavior and inappropriate behavior with female colleagues, but it seems like CEO Bobby Kotick may be next…
The newest issue erupted yesterday when the Wall Street Journal published a story regarding the affairs of Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. The Wall Street Journal said that after months of research, it had gathered evidence from many employees accusing Activision Blizzard of establishing a toxic male-centric culture and failing to forcefully denounce the improper treatment of women.
So much so that some of those concerned believe females were underpaid for the same job as men. “A lawyer for a former Sledgehammer Games employee alleged in an email that a supervisor raped her client in 2016 and 2017 after being forced to drink extensively at the workplace at work functions,” according to the story.
According to people acquainted with the matter, Treyarch’s former co-head Dan Bunting “sexually harassed a female colleague in 2017 following a night of sleepovers.” The report adds, “In 2019, Activision’s human resources department and other corporate executives initiated an internal inquiry and suggested Bunting be fired,” but “Bobby Kotick stepped in to retain his position.”
According to a source at Activision, the business opted “not to terminate Bunting, but to impose other disciplinary procedures” at the time. The maker of multiple Call of Duty games has responded to the claims by declining to comment on the purported occurrence.
Dan Bunting clarifies.
Dan Bunting has chosen to step down from his post. He previously defended himself behind closed doors, claiming that when the event occurred, Activision’s human resources staff properly examined it and that he was not found guilty. The experienced Call of Duty developer, who has worked on the franchise for 18 years, has also had multiple therapy sessions, according to the same WSJ story. After then, it was agreed that he would be able to continue working for the corporation.
“After reviewing the available steps after the inquiry,” an Activision source is cited as stating in the same story. “The business has opted not to terminate Mr Bunting’s contract and will instead apply additional disciplinary measures.”
Bunting has just chosen to quit now that the WSJ has documented what transpired back then. The matter’s exposure might explain the sudden departure of Treyarch’s now-former CEO, who has made no public mention of it.
The rope around Bobby Kotick’s neck seems to be tightening: numerous business workers have turned against him, and more are asking for his resignation.
“Bobby Kotick himself has been accused of workplace and off-the-job harassment by multiple women for years,” according to the WSJ piece, “and in some instances, individuals close to the cases and other papers suggest, he has moved promptly and discreetly to address the problem.” Death threats have been made against several people. The corporation has yet to comment to the news story.
And if that wasn’t enough, it was recently revealed that the US Securities and Exchange Commission has chosen to investigate Bobby Kotick in connection with the matter…
The Wall Street Journal is the source for this information.
The “Blizzard CEO steps down” is a story that has been making the rounds on the internet. The alleged sexual harassment case was discovered by Kotick himself, which led to his resignation. Reference: blizzard ceo steps down.
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