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Amid calls for CEO resignation, Activision Blizzard announces workplace committee

In tackling ongoing allegations of harassment, discrimination and complaints of insufficient action to address such allegations, Activision Blizzard’s board of directors has announced that the publisher is forming a new committee.

Activision Blizzard’s board of directors announced today that it has formed a “workplace accountability committee”, initially composed of two independent directors, to oversee the company’s progress in the successful implementation of its new policies, procedures and commitments to improve corporate culture and eliminate all forms. harassment and discrimination in the company.

The press release – delivered at an extremely late hour during a week off for employees granted hours before the release of a the Wall Street newspaper report – apparently reaffirms board support for CEO Bobby Kotick, even as major publishers voice concerns and assess their relationship with Activision Blizzard.

At the end of last week, Nintendo joined Microsoft and PlayStation to become the latest publisher to criticize the company internally. According to a report by FanobyteNintendo of America President Doug Bowser wrote an email saying, “I find these accounts painful and disturbing. They go against my values ​​and against Nintendo’s beliefs, values ​​and policies.

Activision Blizzard’s new committee will provide the board with regular updates on progress on key accountability measures, while promising to add a “diverse new director to the board.” Meanwhile, as external pressure builds, a cohort of shareholders demanded Kotick’s resignation while employees staged a second walkout and created a petition with over 1,800 signatures similarly demanding that the CEO resign .

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