Activision Blizzard, Inc., previously referred to as Activision, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATV), is a US video game company that has Activision (Designer of the Telephone Call of Task Legend, Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk and Slanders amongst others) as well as Blizzard Enjoyment (Developers by Wow, Diablo, Star craft, Overwatch to name a few). Given that its combination in 2008 and succeeding purchase by Tencent Holdings, Activision Blizzard has actually ended up being the most vital Third-Party for the United States as well as worldwide, attaining a market capitalization of 49 billion dollars.
Employees of Activision Blizzard have signed an official petition in which they demand the resignation of CEO Bobby Kick. The is to know about bad events in the company, but they have been concealed for the board. He also threatened an assistant once to kill them.
Thats the situation :
The Wall Street Journal has written a report, according to the CEO of Activision Blizzard, Bobby Kick, to have known allegations about sexual abuse of the company. Instead of fighting them, however, should have been unimagined out of court. In addition, he should have concealed these events to the board.
Previously, Blizzard was already strong in criticism, because in July 2021 a state authority charged against Activision Blizzard. It was mainly about incidents of sexism.
After the latest allegations, a group of shareholders of Activision Blizzard demanded the resignation of Kick. She says that the current leadership of Activision Blizzard failed.
Now many employees have spoken openly with their name against the CEO.
We have no more trust in the lead of Bobby Kick
What is this for a petition? As Kodak reported, the petition was created by the ABK Workers Alliance — a group of employees who are committed to working law at Activision, Blizzard and King (via kotaku.com).
She got 1,211 signatures of employees. These are about 12% of the total staff of Activision Blizzard.
What is so special about the petition? It was not an anonymous collection of signatures, but every employee has signed publicly with its name. So they are clearly and completely deliberately against Kick, which can lead to consequences, the petition should not succeed.
In the petition it says:
We, the signatories, have no more trust in the leadership of Bobby Kick as CEO of Activision Blizzard. The information that has come to light on its behavior and practices in the leadership of our companies contradict the culture and integrity, which we demand from our leadership and are in direct contradiction to the initiatives started by our colleagues.
We demand that Bobby Kick resigns from his office as a CEO of Activision Blizzard and that shareholders may select the new CEO without the participation of Bobby, from which we know that he has a significant part of the voting rights of the shareholders.
Aboil Workers Alliance has also launched a public petition in which the fans of Activision Blizzard can sign for a claim to resign the Kick (via Change.org). There already signed over 10,500 people there (State 7:40 am).
Board holds up to Kick
Why is the petition needed at all? The article of Wall Street Journals about Bobby Kick went online on 16 November. In the later course of the day, the Executive Board of Action Blizzard had publicly expressed his support for Kick.
Then followed first strikes of employees, criticism of shareholders and now the petition. A reaction is still out of this.
ManoMano editor-in-chief Day Minkowski has been commented on the situation at Activision Blizzard. You can expect that many talents leave the company when Kick should not do it:
When Bobby Kick is not going now, Activision Blizzard will lose more talents