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PlayStation, Xbox Heads Reportedly Criticize Activision Blizzard

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On Thursday, more than 500 Activision Blizzard  (ATVI) - Get Activision Blizzard, Inc. Report employees have petitioned to remove CEO Bobby Kotick from the company.

"We, the undersigned, no longer have confidence in the leadership of Bobby Kotick as the CEO of Activision Blizzard. The information that has come to light about his behaviors and practices in the running of our companies runs counter to the culture and integrity we require of our leadership--and directly conflicts with the initiatives started by our peers," the petition reads. "We ask that Bobby Kotick remove himself as CEO of Activision Blizzard and that shareholders be allowed to select the new CEO without the input of Bobby, who we are aware owns a substantial portion of the voting rights of the shareholders."

Kotick has been under heavy scrutiny since the Wall Street Journal reported that he knew about sexual-misconduct allegations in the company.

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, the company’s board of directors issued a statement supporting Kotick.

“The Activision Blizzard Board remains committed to the goal of making the most welcoming and inclusive company in the industry. Under leadership the Company is already implementing industry-leading changes including a zero tolerance harassment policy, a dedication to achieving significant increases to the percentages of women and non-binary people in our workforce and significant internal and external investments to accelerate opportunities for diverse talent. The Board remains confident that appropriately addressed workplace issues brought to his attention," their statement read

In the wake of the Activision controversy, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan reportedly told his employees that they reached out to Activision Blizzard to "express their deep concern."

And on Thursday, Xbox head Phil Spencer reportedly told his employees that he is “disturbed and deeply troubled by the horrific events and actions.”

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