Activision CEO could leave if he can’t quickly fix problems

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard Inc Bobby Kotick has told senior managers at the company that he would consider stepping down if he fails to quickly fix the culture problems at the company.

The report, which cited sources, has it that Kotick, In a meeting on Friday with executives of the video game publisher’s Blizzard Entertainment unit, said he would step down if misconduct issues at the company weren’t quickly fixed.

The move comes after some employees at the company staged a walkout last Tuesday after a Wall Street Journal report stated that Kotick knew about allegations of sexual harassment and assault earlier than previously reported.

The comments on Friday by Kotick were part of a series of internal meetings across Activision last week, in which he and other members of the leadership team met with employees to reaffirm their commitment to a healthy workplace.

Activision has been facing mounting pressure in recent months of allegations from employees of equal pay violations, sexual discrimination and sexual misconduct.

The company said it had fired more than 20 employees following allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination last month.

The allegations at the company have also led to delays in launch of products and exit of top executives.

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