Xbox Boss ‘Disturbed and Deeply Troubled’ By Latest Activision Reports – IGN

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has told his team that he’s “evaluating all aspects of our relationship with Activision Blizzard and making ongoing proactive adjustments,” following the latest reports detailing sexual harassment and discrimination at Activision.

As reported by Bloomberg, Spencer sent an email to staff saying he is “disturbed and deeply troubled by the horrific events and actions” at Activision Blizzard. The email follows a story from the Wall Street Journal that revealed new details about sexual harassment among employees, cover-ups reportedly overseen by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, and more.

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Spencer is the second major gaming executive to express dismay over the situation at Activision Blizzard. PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan also criticized Activision in an internal email to PlayStation employees writing he is “disheartened and frankly stunned” by the stories. Ryan also said Activision “has not done enough to address a deep-seated culture of discrimination and harassment.”

As criticism from across the games industry continues to trickle out, Activision Blizzard’s board of executives has stood firm behind Kotick, even as calls for his resignation begin to come out. Over 500 Activision Blizzard employees have signed a petition calling for Kotick’s removal following an impromptu employee walkout earlier this week.

Earlier this year Activision Blizzard was sued by the state of California for sexual discrimination and harassment, including underpaying women employees compared to male colleagues doing equal work and fostering a culture where sexual harassment is tolerated.

Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd. If you know anything about the current ongoing situation at Activision Blizzard reach out to mkim@ign.com.

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