Activision Blizzard is currently caught in a spiral of controversy over systemic abuse that seems to have been happening in the company for years. Following the shocking Wall Street Journal report exposing the situation, Microsoft says it is revaluating its relationship with Activision Blizzard.
According to Bloomberg, Microsoft’s Xbox and gaming chief Phil Spencer had said the company is investigating and will consider its relationship with Activision Blizzard.
Spencer is reported to have told staff the company is “disturbed and deeply troubled by the horrific events and actions” at Activision Blizzard and the company is “evaluating all aspects of our relationship with Activision Blizzard and making ongoing proactive adjustments.”
Reports coming from insiders at Activision Blizzard paint a sorry picture of consistent abusive behavior. according to The Wall Street Journal, the company’s CEO Bobby Kotick knew about harassment, hid it, and may have been complicit in it.
Microsoft’s statement is not official and the company has yet to publicly criticize Activision Blizzard. It seems Microsoft is waiting to see how the accusations play out before making any formal decisions. However, it is clear the partnerships between the two companies are under threat.
Sony has taken a similar stance according to Bloomberg. PlayStation chief Jim Ryan has reportedly told staff the company has “deep concern” over the accusations.
Spencer has taken a strong stance internally, according to the report. Spencer’s memo includes him saying “This type of behavior has no place in our industry.”
As for Activision Blizzard, the company is trying to weather storm. Speaking about Microsoft’s and Sony’s apparent stance on the matter, the company says:
“We respect all feedback from our valued partners and are engaging with them further. We have detailed important changes we have implemented in recent weeks, and we will continue to do so. We are committed to the work of ensuring our culture and workplace are safe, diverse, and inclusive. We know it will take time, but we will not stop until we have the best workplace for our team.”
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