Just yesterday, Activision Blizzard shareholders voted to approve a report examines the company’s efforts against harassment. While the company itself “carefully considers” it, shareholders also gave the green light to the nominees for the board, which included the dirty CEO Bobby Kotick. So great that Kotick is allowed to sit on the board for one year despite the ongoing efforts from employees, other shareholdersEven right-wing groups to see him gone. I mean, Kotick has even been accused of to perpetuate the company’s toxic cultureso why anyone would work with him is completely beyond me.
You may have missed the news since it was not part of the main press release announcing the results of the company Annual meeting for shareholders. In fact, if you check that document, Kotick’s name will not appear once. It’s quite a buzz, considering that his name is almost inseparable from the company. But if you look at the official legal filed June 21, you will see Kotick appear under the first suggested item. And wow, what an object it is.
Item 5.07 Submission of cases to a vote of securities holders “asked the entire company – where all 647 887 763 votes” were represented in person or by proxy “- to approve the nominated board to serve another full one-year term ending at next year’s shareholders’ meeting .
An alarming majority, 533,703,580, voted for the board to remain, with only 62,597,199 opposed and around 2,162,178 abstaining. Robert Kotick has been approved to sit on the board until 2023. Very cool, I guess.
Regarding the report that was to document Activision Blizzard’s efforts to limit ongoing workplace abuse and sexual abuse, the proposed element had an overwhelming majority of support from everyone in the company. 379,308,934 voted in favor, while 183,876,515 voted against. 35,277,508 abstained completely. Still, Activision Blizzard is only “carefully considering” the report for now, he says Kotaku in an earlier statement that the company “remains deeply committed to a respectful, welcoming workplace for all colleagues.”
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Kotaku has contacted Activision Blizzard for an additional comment.
I do not understand. How could Bobby Kotick, a man who was allegedly complicit in (if not directly responsible for) Activision Blizzard’s ongoing problems, stay on the board? Do not people have eyes and ears? Or does money speak in tongues? You would think that it would have some kind of consequences after supposedly threatened to kill an assistant over voicemail, supposedly covers up reports of sexual harassmentand so a lot more. But no, it seems like Bobby Kotick can also remain Activision Blizzard’s CEO even after the Microsoft acquisition is complete. If there was a God, he would has now ruled. Guess it answers that.