- Author: Spannah
- Date: July 26, 2021
- Expansion: World of Warcraft
Following the recently filed lawsuit against Activision Blizzard by the state of California, and the leadership’s response to the allegations, an open letter from more than 800 employees of Activision Blizzard has been sent to the leadership. The letter, which was shared with Kotaku and a few other publications, can be read below:
To the Leaders of Activision Blizzard,
We, the undersigned, agree that the statements from Activision Blizzard, Inc. and their legal counsel regarding the DFEH lawsuit, as well as the subsequent internal statement from Frances Townsend, are abhorrent and insulting to all that we believe our company should stand for. To put it clearly and unequivocally, our values as employees are not accurately reflected in the words and actions of our leadership.
We believe these statements have damaged our ongoing quest for equality inside and outside of our industry. Categorizing the claims that have been made as “distorted, and in many cases false” creates a company atmosphere that disbelieves victims. It also casts doubt on our organizations’ ability to hold abusers accountable for their actions and foster a safe environment for victims to come forward in the future. These statements make it clear that our leadership is not putting our values first. Immediate corrections are needed from the highest level of our organization.
Our company executives have claimed that actions will be taken to protect us, but in the face of legal action — and the troubling official responses that followed — we no longer trust that our leaders will place employee safety above their own interests. To claim this is a “truly meritless and irresponsible lawsuit,” while seeing so many current and former employees speak out about their own experiences regarding harassment and abuse, is simply unacceptable.
We call for official statements that recognize the seriousness of these allegations and demonstrate compassion for victims of harassment and assault. We call on Frances Townsend to stand by her word to step down as Executive Sponsor of the ABK Employee Women’s Network as a result of the damaging nature of her statement. We call on the executive leadership team to work with us on new and meaningful efforts that ensure employees — as well as our community — have a safe place to speak out and come forward.
We stand with all our friends, teammates, and colleagues, as well as the members of our dedicated community, who have experienced mistreatment or harassment of any kind. We will not be silenced, we will not stand aside, and we will not give up until the company we love is a workplace we can all feel proud to be a part of again. We will be the change.
The DFEH (California Department of Fair Employment and Housing) filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard on July 20, which Activision Blizzard responded to with a statement denouncing the investigation as “irresponsible behavior from unaccountable State bureaucrats”. Following that statement, an internal email addressing the issue sent by J. Allen Brack has circulated, along with another email sent by Fran Townsend (a Activision executive). In response, an employee said “The statements made by ABK (Activision Blizzard) do not represent us. We believe women, and we will continue to strive to do better and hold others accountable. Actions speak louder than words.”
Since the publication of the open letter made by the employees, it has now gathered over 1000 signatures. Activision Blizzard has yet to respond to the employee’s letter.