Activision Blizzard announced a settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Monday, committing to the creation of an $18 million fund for the purpose of amends. Any amounts from the fund not received by “eligible claimants” are stated to go towards charities for women in the gaming industry and to promote awareness around harassment.
Activision Blizzard still faces a lawsuit from the State of California, alleging that the company allowed sexist workplace behavior and abuse to occur without punishment. Activision Blizzard and its CEO Bobby Kotick were recently subpoenaed by the SEC.
“There is no place anywhere at our company for discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind, and I am grateful to the employees who bravely shared their experiences,” said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. “I am sorry that anyone had to experience inappropriate conduct, and I remain unwavering in my commitment to make Activision Blizzard one of the world’s most inclusive, respected, and respectful workplaces.”
Multiple senior developers were let go from Blizzard Entertainment, including the game director on upcoming action role-playing game Diablo 4. Activision Blizzard is accused of not cooperating with the investigation by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, as well as being charged with violating labor laws.
A copy of the ABK workers’ collective statement received by Windows Central directly accuses Activision Blizzard of surveillance, coercion and “hiring notorious union busters.”