by Michelle Chapman | The Associated Press
The president of Activision’s Blizzard Entertainment is stepping down weeks after the maker of video games like “World of Warcraft” and “Call of Duty” filed a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit in California, as well as backlash from employees over their work environment. Huh. .
The state sued Activision Blizzard Inc last month, citing a “frat boy” culture that has become “a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women.”
The lawsuit alleges that female employees face frequent sexual harassment, with some women being nominated for leadership roles and, when they are, that they receive lower wages, incentive pay, and lower wages than male peers. Earns total compensation.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick sent a letter to employees after the lawsuit was filed, saying the company is “taking swift action to be a compassionate, caring company and to ensure a safe environment.”
“There is no place for discrimination, harassment or any kind of unequal treatment anywhere in our company,” he wrote.
It was announced Tuesday that Jay Allen Brack was leaving the company in a letter to employees from Daniel Alegre, president and COO of Activision Blizzard. According to the company’s website, Brack joined Blizzard in January 2006 and held several leadership roles before being named chairman in October 2018.
The complaint alleges that as of 2019, Brack was told that employees were leaving the Santa Monica, California, company because of rampant sexual harassment and sexism. It also alleged that employees had approached the company’s human resources department with complaints of unfair pay and assignments.
The complaint states that despite several complaints to human resource personnel and officials including BARC, no effective remedial measures were taken.
The lawsuit also claims that Brack only gave verbal counseling, considered a “slap on the wrist”, to Alex Afrasiabi, former senior creative director of “World of Warcraft”. Afrasiabi is accused of engaging in sexual harassment and the state alleged that the company refused to deal with it because of her condition.
Jane Onl and Mike Ybarra were named co-leaders of Blizzard, sharing responsibility for development and operational accountability for the company, it said Tuesday.
Oneal served as executive vice president of development at Blizzard, while Ybarra served as executive vice president and general manager of platform and technology.
“With their many years of industry experience and deep commitment to integrity and inclusivity, I am sure Jen and Mike will lead Blizzard with care, compassion and dedication to excellence,” Alegre wrote.