Activision Blizzard agrees to pay $35 million to settle workplace misconduct charges

Activision Blizzard has agreed to pay $35 million to settle a pair of charges related to complaints of workplace misconduct, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced.

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XiNatsuDragnel48d ago

Not bad but we Bobby kotick to go as well would be amazing imo.

Jin_Sakai48d ago

Still ridiculous. $35 million is pennies to Activision.

XiNatsuDragnel47d ago

Tbh I was expecting this sadly but I wished Bobby kotick was gone.


He should go alright be erased from reality. He doesn't deserve a 2nd, 3rd, etc chance.

Orchard47d ago

35m isn't much really, I'm kinda surprised by that number, especially in CA which claims to be pro-people anti-corporation.

I said it before and I'll say it again, the sooner this acquisition closes and Bobby is gone, the better.

Eonjay47d ago

It would be an American tragedy if you had to live in CA to get justice. The only justified scenario would be where the Spencer/Kotick acquisition deal is canned and he doesn't get half a billion dollars for tanking the company's to sell for a Golden parachute.

Orchard47d ago

I’m not sure I’d say keeping him around permanently and have him raking in the rewards of Activision for the rest of his life is really justice.

Better to just finalize the acquisition, he still gets rich (he already is anyway) but then the employees don’t have to encounter him ever again and they will have far better working conditions.

Thundercat7747d ago

This is probably one of the reasons they are crazy to be bought by Microsoft so they don't have to face all these situations.

I guess they were counting on the deal to be approved by now in order to drop these charges.

I hope the deal doesn't get approved so Bobby face justice and pay for every misconduct.

XiNatsuDragnel47d ago

Ong this deal needs to be declined and for me it's Bobby kotick to get justice not what others are saying.

ZwVw47d ago

"I guess they were counting on the deal to be approved by now in order to drop these charges."

Quite the opposite. Usually when a big corporation agrees to settle a multi-million dollar lawsuit/s, it's (generally speaking) because they don't want potential buyers to be swayed off with the notion of having to inherit said lawsuits (when you buy a company, you inherit their debts, as well as lawsuits).

Also, by hoping the deal (MS) doesn't go through, you're essential wanting Kotick's reign of terror at Activision to continue because the purchase is literally the only way he's stepping down. Leave your fanboy bias aside.

lodossrage47d ago

Just because someone doesn't want the deal to go through doesn't mean he wants Kotick's reign of terror to continue.

Not wanting one of the most powerful corporations to buy off the industry doesn't equate to them being pro Kotick.

Thundercat7747d ago (Edited 47d ago )

It's quite the opposite. If the deal is approved, then Bobby wins and no one can touch him and he will get away with all.

It is you who needs to leave your fanboy bias aside. This man needs to face justice.

porkChop47d ago

The deal going through or not doesn't affect any of these lawsuits. Even if Bobby left Activision the day the lawsuits were filed the lawsuits would still go on and he would still be on the hook. He was top dog while all this stuff was going on. He's responsible regardless of anything else.

Orchard47d ago (Edited 47d ago )

Lawsuits don’t magically disappear when you get acquired.

Plus, no one wants Bobby to stay in the industry - neither gamers nor his employees - so the acquisition is good.

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TheColbertinator47d ago

I'd be more happy with convictions and strong deterrent policies in the future but justice is a rare sight these days.

porkChop47d ago

Agreed. Their employees have tried to unionize but Activision does everything to block those attempts. Hopefully once the deal goes through they'll unionize all of Activision. I know Zenimax QA employees just unionized in December.

Promachos47d ago

Does anybody know where that 35 mil will go? Among the workers? SEC?