It is reported that Activision Blizzard is currently investigating, driven by the influx of complaints regarding its unhealthy workplace environment. Two separate U.S. government agencies are conducting investigations, sending additional subpoenas for court proceedings, and expanding the scope of investigations.
It is important to remember that both the SEC and the California Department of Fair Employment and Placement (DFEH) are conducting an investigation. It was DFEH’s lawsuit that caused an AB-related scandal.
In The Wall Street Journal, the SEC and DFEH also issued subpoenas to the members of
The board of’s, which includes studio head
They were questioned about the treatment of the company’s employees.
The SEC has also requested the agency to provide access to documents containing personal correspondence between the current and former executives from Activision Blizzard. The California Department has contacted the Los Angeles Police Department to discover if they hold any documents or information regarding Cotic and 18 former and currently AB personnel.
On the other hand, the studio was not happy with it was not satisfied with DFEH’s demands and accused the department of trying to undermine agreements with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In question are the compensations paid to victims of harassment at work that totals $18 million. “Instead of securing California people, DFEH is impeding the significant advancement at Activision Blizzard and is stalling compensation to employees affected by harassment,” stated in an official studio statement to Kotaku.
DFEH filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard in July 2021. Later, in September 2021, the SEC began to take an interest in the business.