A recent press release from Activision Blizzard states that the company has reached a settlement with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). The court proceedings cost Activision Blizzard $18 million in settlement.
EEOC had been investigating claims of discrimination and harassment at the workplace a whole month before the DFEH news broke, and with claims being verified, Activision Blizzard will be giving an $18 million payout to “eligible claimants” and additional funds to charities. The press release also states that Activision will be actively working to develop new tools and technologies for reporting such issues.
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick also added, “We will continue to be vigilant in our commitment to the elimination of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. We thank the EEOC for its constructive engagement as we work to fulfill our commitments to eradicate inappropriate conduct in the workplace.”
Activision Blizzard has been bombarded by a flurry of controversies over claims of discrimination and harassment. Multiple investigative bodies have jumped in for investigations, leading to a litany of high-profile departures from the company. Ex-president of Blizzard J. Allen Brack departed from the company, alongside other creative leads at the developer as well.