Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly says he might leave if he can’t quickly fix culture problems

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick

A new report says the executive left the possibility of his departure open if issues can’t be solved ‘with speed’

Last week saw a report from the Wall Street Journal shed new light on past allegations at Activision Blizzard. A new story from the Journal is now reporting that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has said he would consider his departure if the company’s culture problems can’t be solved fast enough.

According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, CEO Kotick told senior managers he would consider leaving Activision Blizzard if he can’t quickly fix the culture problems at the publisher. He reportedly stopped short of saying he would leave, but left the chance open if issues within the company weren’t fixed “with speed.” A company spokesperson declined to comment on the matter to the Wall Street Journal.

Kotick was at the heart of a recent Wall Street Journal report, alleging that the Activision Blizzard CEO knew about sexual misconduct allegations at the company for years. This includes allegations that Kotick intervened in the firing of an employee accused of sexual harassment.

Activision Blizzard has continued to be under scrutiny since the lawsuit brought forward by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, alleging harassment, discrimination, and a toxic workplace culture at the company.

Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that works to encourage better opportunities and equal rights for women in game development, announced they are severing ties with Activision Blizzard over the weekend. You can find an abbreviated timeline of the multiple investigations and reports on Activision Blizzard here.

Eric Van Allen