After conducting its own internal investigation, Activision Blizzard’s Board of Directors claims it has found ‘no evidence’ to suggest that its senior executives and its own members ignored or downplayed gender harassment. It’s also urging its shareholders to vote against an upcoming proposal to craft a report about its own efforts to prevent abuse and harassment.
In a new SEC filing, Activision Blizzard asserted:
“[T]he Board and its external advisors have determined that there is no evidence to suggest that Activision Blizzard senior executives ever intentionally ignored or attempted to downplay the instances of gender harassment that occurred and were reported. That work also has not unearthed any evidence, directly or indirectly, suggesting any attempt by any senior executive or employee to conceal information from the Board. Outside advisors, after exhaustive review, also determined the Board never intentionally ignored or attempted to downplay the instances of gender harassment that occurred and were reported.”
The initial complaint from the state of California, filed after a two-year-long investigation, accuses the company leadership of knowing about and failing to prevent numerous internal cultural issues. Subsequent reports and lawsuits have similarly included accusations that incidents were reported and either ignored or brushed aside with little meaningful consequences for the perpetrators. After the initial slate of allegations, over 20 employees had been fired as a result by the following October, and over 20 more had been otherwise disciplined.