PlayStation’s CEO has now spoken out about Activision and Bobby Kotick’s awareness of the sexual misconduct and harassment allegations in the company, calling the situation “disheartening.”
In a new report from Bloomberg, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan criticized Activision’s inadequate response to the allegations from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal article. Ryan’s thoughts came from an internal email that he sent to PlayStation employees. In those emails, Ryan wrote that he and Sony’s leadership were “disheartened and frankly stunned to read” that Activision “has not done enough to address a deep-seated culture of discrimination and harassment.”
Additionally, Sony reached out to Activision after the Wall Street Journal article went live to express concerns and ask how Activision would address the allegations laid out in it. “We do not believe their statements of response properly address the situation,” wrote Ryan.
Following yesterday’s massive report, many events unfolded, including Activision employees staging a walkout, the Board of Directors backing Kotick, and shareholders calling for Kotick as well as two directors to resign.
This morning, IGN also reported that Blizzard co-lead Jennifer Oneal was only offered an equal contract with her counterpart Mike Ybarra after tendering her resignation. This was after reports that she had resigned in part due to unequal pay.
Activision Blizzard recently reached a tentative settlement with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that still needs to be approved in federal court.. You can read IGN’s full timeline of events here.
George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @yinyangfooey