Xbox: Phil Spencer is “deeply concerned” about Activision’s attitudes (updated)


Phil Spencer, líder do Xbox.

According to a report released by Bloomberg, the head of Microsoft’s gaming division, Phil Spencer, said he and the Xbox team are deeply concerned with Activision Blizzard’s attitudes towards allegations of sexual harassment against the CEO Bobby Kotick and who are reassessing relationships with the company.

It’s not a subject we usually work on here at Windows Club, but now as it involves Microsoft so we will have to follow this case. The case here is about sexual abuse and harassment, which is obviously pretty serious.

For those who missed the latest news on the Activision Blizzard case, the Wall Street Journal recently published a report stating that Kotick not only knew about sexual harassment within the company for years, but that he himself would have committed it in the past. After the latest allegations, company officials loudly demanded Kotick’s resignation, even organizing a protest outside company headquarters. However, Activision’s board of directors has decided to side with the CEO, saying it has the greatest confidence in his leadership.

In an internal email sent to the Xbox team, which was reportedly seen by Jason Schreier of Bloomberg, Spencer said he and the management team are “upset and deeply concerned about the events and horrible actions by Activision Blizzard ”.

“This type of behavior doesn’t have to exist in our industry,” Spencer says in the email, adding that the Xbox team is “evaluating every aspect of its relationship with Activision Blizzard and making ongoing proactive adjustments” in light of further events. recent.

Spencer’s thinking apparently aligns with that of Jim Ryan, head of Sony Interactive Entertainment. Also according to an email acquired by Schreier, Ryan says he is dismayed and surprised that Activision “didn’t want to do enough to redress an established culture of discrimination and abuse.”

Update:

In response to Bloomberg’s report, an Activision Blizzard representative said:

“We respect all comments from our valued partners and are even more committed to them. We are committed to ensuring that our culture and workplace are safe, diverse and inclusive. We know it will take some time, but we won’t stop until we have the best possible place to work for our team. “

Phil Spencer, on the other hand, in a statement sent to the IGN editorial team, confirmed the information reported in the Bloomberg report and added, “I personally have strong values ​​regarding a welcoming and inclusive environment for all of our employees on Xbox. Xbox and Microsoft support our teams and support them in creating a safer workplace for everyone. “

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