Activision CEO Bobby Kotick hides the number of layoffs

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That Wall Street Journal reports that it does not only have Activision Blizzard has fired dozens of employees in the last few months, but CEO Bobby Kotick has been hiding that information from the public. Because it might look bad …

Bobby Kotick, who, if he had even the last traces of decency or humanity, would have retired months ago, has instead apparently worked to hide the extent of the poison in his company. That WSJ says that “more than three dozen ā€¯employees have been laid off, while about 40 have been disciplined. Figures that Kotick is alleged to have suggested “could make the company’s workplace problems seem bigger than is already known,” according to those who spoke to the newspaper.

WSJ confirmed with one Activision spokesman that 37 people have left the company (whether they are jumping or pushing) and 44 are disciplined. However, she rejected a claim from the newspaper’s sources that 700 reports of dishonesty and other issues were submitted by staff as part of the company’s current internal investigations.

Activision Blizzard has been revealed to have been a barely controlled hellhole for a very long time with a CEO who like it Wall Street Journal saying it, “did not inform the board of allegations of sexual abuse he was aware of, including rape, against executives throughout the company. “And yet he remains in his position, without a bit of dignity. A position from which he, it appears, remains working to hide the scale of the problems in his company despite the growing pressure from shareholders and employees to achieve a degree of transparency.

It would be a really good idea if Robert Kotick resigns immediately, in disgrace, to give Activision Blizzard the fleeting chance to redeem its reputation in the years to come. For right now, it’s a place so miserable that even Lego do not want to be tangentially connected to it.


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