Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick issued another statement today, following the announcement of an SEC investigation into the company.
Did he attach his resignation to the press release?
On the other hand ... Acti , just make CoD biannual and let Raven do their own thing like they used to do before.
Naw, just a signed request - by him and for him - for a bonus for making the statement.
Facts in my opinion
Wonder if this is because he's being investigated now
See how hiring ppl based on wokeness instead of actual talent and resume works out for you..
Talented people can be inclusive too. Wokeness is a bully term used by people that don't like or don't think the world needs to be inclusive. I agree that people should be hired on their merits, but their merits are not just talent, it is also how they behave and treat people fairly and respectfully. That is not being "woke". That is hiring the best of the best. That said, it seems from Activision-Blizzards recent games, monetarization policies, and track record of lawsuits, they are neither hiring woke nor talented people. They seem to be hiring all the greedy idiots.
he clearly specified "instead of" not both, instead of and no, when you're being hired for a job, your skill sat the job should be the factor, not your color, gender etc
Not true about the wokeness term. It is used when there is ample evidence that a priority or advantage was given not based on merit. Talent is talent. Whether or not it's "inclusive" is irrelevant. The very premise of being more inclusive is racist. There is no greater inclusivity than basing it purely on merit....any other method and you make decisions based on race....which is racist. As far as blizzards hiring practices. You make it seem like talent is only geared towards good and so are woke people...neither is the case. You can be highly talented and woke and be an evil sob. Lots of evil was done by people with enormous charisma and intelligence.
Doomedguy, the fact that equate inclusive with race is telling. Inclusive encompasses religion, gender, race, partisanship, etc. So very predictable.
If you're hiring "the best of the best" then intangibles like skin color or gender should have no bearing. Hiring should be blind to all of those things.
@jambola Oh look it's you again spouting absolute nonsense loool! how surprising!
@AllTheAbove There is one thing you are all missing. For literally 10's to 100's, and in some cases 1000's of years, the ruling culture have suppressed and ignored other colors, races, religions, gender, etc. as bad and often denied them the same equalities as the ruling culture. Somehow you magically think that because the ruling culture are now looking at everyone equally, that there is equal opportunity. I am part of that ruling culture of people, but I also understand that if you deny other people even one generation of evolution with the ruling culture, you have set that family back that one generation. How do you propose that society as it is today makes up for that? There are families for generations that were denied the simple ability to go to school. So now, descendants of those families have a hard time staying in school. Look at how the Taliban are treating women in Afghanistan. etc. If you treat people wrongly for generations then all of a sudden declare, "Every one is on even ground now" that's all you've done. You've done nothing to improve their lives, you are forcing them to find their way in a ruling culture without helping them understand that culture at all. I recently took in an Iraqi teenager because she was a friend of my daughter's and was physically abused from her family. Her family wouldn't let her out, didn't teach her cooking at all, date any guys, have a bank account, get a driver's license, her family beat her to the point she ended up in hospital, etc. So she is socially inept, she doesn't understand money, she doesn't know the basics of cooking, and is not independent to do things on her own because she was in a shell of her culture that her parents understood from Iraq. It has taken several months just to shift her from that culture to the ruling culture and it will take many more before we fully get her here. I ask you, if you were in that situation from birth how you would be able to go from zero to part of the ruling culture over night? A lot of these people are eager to learn and adapt but many of them need help, it just doesn't magically happen. Also, in hiring. I have hired a lot of people. I don't hire based on talent alone. I hire based on talent, personality, and intangibles like eagerness to learn, ability to change, etc. because todays talent is not necessarily the same thing I will require of them tomorrow or the day after. The company can shift direction, change tools they use, change culture, etc. The people I hire need to do all that and know what they are doing.
"Somehow you magically think that because the ruling culture are now looking at everyone equally" yeah if they are looking at your skin color or sexual orientation as the only reasons hiring then you are not think of them as equal like at all, they are looking at them as the charity work, that is patronizing. you wanna now how to be inclusive? hire by their talent, ¿are talented? yes = hired No = bye but instead we got; oh! are you gay and black? here, let me hire you, you need MY help because I know you can not do it be yourself, look everyone I am such a good person. that kind of mind set only breeds mediocrity and further hurt that same communities because they will looked down as the charity work for the sake of being "good", in the same way people look down on people who get hired by having powerful friends and family; "he/she is here because his dad said so", "he/she is not qualify for this job but since the boss is his/her friend".
Ah, yes, the wailing of a racist waste. The original snowflakes. It's time to realize that most white people are hired because they are white and not because they are talented...So get the fuck outta' here with your hysterical bullshit. Stop being a racist dumb-ass and stop making excuses for your mediocrity. Buckle up buttercup and taste the rainbow snowflake.
They’re geeks, that’s why they’re so resentful. Others might be getting attention while they remain having none.
It's time to realize that one country isn't the center of the world and your opinion on that country doesn't work with the rest of the world or even reality. People get hired because of talent and ability. You're the one making excuses for mediocrity. If there are more white people employed it's because they were the more qualified candidate. Buckle up buttercup and taste the rainbow snowflake.
@TheDoomedGuy Yeah, keep believing that you racist waste. That's the same argument the KKK and the Far-Reich love to use while at the same time sabotaging the education for the rest of us. Of course you know this because you love to touch yourself to their leaflets. The reality is that there are more white male incels and rapist mediocrity employed because there is rampant racism and misogyny in the workspace. They love to employ their own since they love promoting racial and gender incest. We know this already so there is no point defending this you basic racist scum. I bet you day dream about hanging out in the Cosby Room too you sad pathetic fuck. So stop getting hysterical on me and get the fuck outta' here. By the way, I tasted the rainbow and we comin' for you whiteflake.
SimpleSlave, some people choose to see the reality, while others don't. In the US, it has been about race since day numero uno. They have always said that people are hired their talent and ability, given loans, treated fairlyx etc while history and present real world events have proven otherwise. I got into a diacussion with someone that tried to flip the script and said "well people are hired on ther race, black people are hired for their race through affirmative action". I pointed out a studied and documented dact that affirmative action was meant to curve systemic, explicit, implicit, acist hiring practice, but instead it still gave advantage of the currebt majority. It is well documented that white women benefit the nost from affirmatice action, but they tell the lie that it is blacks and hispanics who do. I let people live in their hate and ignorance as the rap8dly changing demographics in Americs is and will continue to give them a heavy does of reality. whole the rest of us thrive and love, they will remain bitter and ostracized.
This is honestly the most bizarre shit I've heard in my life. In the games industry, you don't get hired because you're "white." You get hired based on what you can do for the company. The reason lots of whites work in the industry is because whites are the majority of North America. So obviously, you're going to see a disproportionate amount of whites in most industries within America. I swear, you woke people see racism in literally everything. I'm a minority myself, and this woke shit makes all of us look bad. Nobody respects woke culture outside of twitter.
Well, there it is: the stupidest thing I'll read all day.
I used to work at an Activision Blizzard studio and the one doing the firing is a mediocre white guy who has two minorities running 24/7 damage control on his incredible incompetence while getting 0 credit for it. So people here can take that "cOmPaNiEs OnLy HiRe ThE bEsT fOr ThE jOb" nonsense and stuff it. It's not anecdotal either, this happens daily at their studios. But don't take my word for it. Ask yourself "Who is under investigation from the SEC?" Hint: It aint me
Wow , listen to you ... and you're calling people racist?
"It's time to realize that most white people are hired because they are white and not because they are talented" What a load of bollocks. As for your posts about others being hysterical, your posts are the most hysterical of the lot. You're not right in the head, get some help.
you again... GET A F4CKIN JOB COMMIE
Lad, your argument is basically "Shouldn't hire women because they'll complain if we sexually harass them. lol." We know that a woman killed herself because of the way she was treated by her male coworkers (look into the details). Alex Afrasiabi is known to have sexually harassed women (he'd have to be pulled off them) in front of colleagues and his suite was nicknamed the "Cosby Suite". He's even in a picture holding a framed picture of Cosby with other male staff. I've seen this exact comment you've posted before, and you either don't know anything about this case or there's something wrong with you. Why are you attacking the women in the staff and saying they shouldn't have been hired as if they've something wrong? It's a serious case.
Where in his comment does he say that?
Stop putting words in his mouth, you disingenuous prick. He literally never said that in his comment. If you're going to argue, don't strawman people's arguments like a coward.
@CanadianTurtle I'm not putting words in his mouth. He wrote almost exactly the same comment under an article about the lawsuit itself as it was filed: https://n4g.com/news/243101... "how is that forced hiring for the sake of wokeness working out for ya activision?" He claimed hiring those women ("forced hiring") was a mistake in response to a lawsuit where sexual harassment was at the forefront. He's blaming them instead of the perpetrators. If you have an alternate explanation, give it a go. 90% of his comments are like this. Resorting to insults like "disingenuous prick" and "coward" is a bit much considering I was right, lad. My comment isn't the one you should be angry about.
You do know the people doing the harassing are of the 4chan lingo variety... Kind of like what you're doing with wOkE, nPc, sOybOy, etc
"Wokeness" You dumbasses are a joke! lol
Woke: the new word for "hippie" and/or "swj"
Just hiring 'actual talent' has led to multiple lawsuits and a federal investigation, so...
Nah that not even it it sound good on paper that why but in private we already know how they treat their employees that below them
Bobby Cockit needs to go to prison.
Booby Kotick, Bobby Kodick... would have been better, I think.
Heh, Kodick. "Ko (子)" means child in Japanese.
Inclusion at the cost of qualification.
If I had the talent and know how to make games EA and Activision would be the very last names on my list to apply to for a job.
To be honest, most people in games development work for small studios making mobile games, working for EA or Activision would be like winning the lottery for most people. You'd need to have some talent and one hell of a portfolio to turn down such a position.
Sure work for a small studio get bought by EA get closed down and have to look for a new job or get forced to quit by EA. Pretty shitty lottery that is how EA is working for one of Sony's studios would be winning the lottery.
@Knight Your scenario is very slim. Like very slim lol Kind of reaching. If it pays the bills why not work there for awhile.
@papabop For some people perhaps, but I don't believe for most. The truth is, as it is in many industries, oftentimes the large corporations pay the least, as it is considered a resume builder for many people, who don't want to work in the high pressure environment for long to avoid burnout. I work in the medical field, and hospitals like Yale, Weill Cornell/NY Presbyterian, Beth Israel Deaconess etc etc often pay less than many smaller hospitals, because the big research hospitals know that getting experience at some of those places is so valuable, because you will see cases and have access to equipment and treatments that you simply won't see at most hospitals. It opens doors to other opportunities, and many of the big game developers function similarly. Put in your time and move on to more lucrative, less stressful/less time demanding opportunities.
LOL. I hope everyone at least agree on this point.
He's still half faking his laugh.
"The best place to work on call of duty ever" there fixed the title for you
Words to try and distract everyone from how shite it is to work at Activision. Screw off Kotick
Get Woke go Broke. They should just hire the best people for the job instead of filling quotas. Imagine being from an ethnic minority knowing you aren't there for your talent and skills alone.
They’re in trouble for prejudice, the polar opposite of being inclusive.
Said the nobody with no talent or skills. Typical.
So you don't agree that they should hire the best people for the job, regardless of race or gender?
You 4chan parrots saying the same so-called insulting lingo realize it was your variety during the harassing right? wOkE, nPc, sNoWfLaKe and other annoying words won't change that
@aaronaton Says the guy with a racist mentality.
This isn't the type of place where you can discuss articles about inclusiveness sadly, this is a community that gets upset over animated characters being dark skinned do you think they want inclusiveness in the workplace? they'll act as if minorities are being hired in mass that are unqualified when stats actually show the opposite in reality a white person with a diploma has the same chances as a minority with a college degree. They don't bat an eye when companies are shown discriminating and keeping minorities out of opportunities when we are over qualified but if you implement a system to counter unfair hiring practices suddenly they have something to say it's odd. I'm open to a discussion on the matter as long as we go based off actual facts and data if you just come with the word woke and pandering you aren't ready to live in reality and need to come out your bubble. P.S I'm aware this is just a publicity stunt to try and garner positive press for his company but I can't ignore the childish comments that will spawn that can't stick to the article itself and instead try to pretend minorities are being hired while being unqualified, history has shown us who is allowed to underachieve and still excel.
@kevinsheeks I applaud your educated worldview.
What does inclusive have to do with talent?
What does talent have to do with you?
Well, it drives me around for starters.
The damage control we're seeing from Bobby boy here. This guy is crashing and burning. I know he brings the company a lot of money, but I'm waiting to see if they finally make him step down before the whole company crumbles to nothing.
They won't go down as long as they keep their overseas country fanbase happy. I'd be interested to know if any of their employees are allowed free speech unlike their gamers in their tournaments. Sadly, their games will continue to sell a ton and a lot of consumers don't care about the company's stance on human rights.
I rather see Blizzard go chapter 11 and just GTFO.
Uh huh. I believe you Bobby.
You can’t make a COD about the woke generals we have now. COD post-modern warfare lmao. Now you can experience giving up your strategic air position before getting out your civilians and allies.
Activision really trying their damn best to make everyone forget about their shady practices, huh?
PR going all in with this one
What a douche.
He can leave anytime to start that process
He's been raping us all since Call of Duty MW 2.