Mike Morhaime, the former head of Activision Blizzard and co-founder of the company, has responded to allegations of abuse made against Activision Blizzard. In a lengthy statementMorhaime outlined how was trying to establish an atmosphere of safety and acceptance forpeople of any gender and background during his 28 years at the company, however, his efforts ultimately were washed away.
He said, “I knew it wasn`t ideal, but clearly we had a goal.” “The truth is that a lot of women were maltreated and not supported means we let them down. In addition, we were not able to make it feel secure for women to tell their truth. This is not a reason to be discouraged because other companies have had similar challenges. I wantedus to be differentand better.”
Morhaime claimed that the management has the responsibility of ensuring that workplace toxicity and harassment are eliminated at all levels of the organization. He went on to say, “To all the Blizzard women that have experienced one of these situations, I am very sorry I didn`t be able to help you.”
He invited the victims to share with him their stories if they felt at ease. He stated that he wished to create positive change in the business and fight misogyny and discrimination.
There was mixed response to Morhaime’s tweet. Some were gratified by Morhaime`s tweet and believed that they could lead to positive changes, others considered it unlikely that Morhaime was aware about the allegations involving the company.
Terra Field, a former employee of Blizzard, pointed out that the company didn`t reprimand anyone responsible for harassment, but instead was able to elevate them to higher levels. Terra Field stated that Ben Kilgore, chief technology officer, was under investigation for his inappropriate behavior at work from the beginning of 2016. However, his position was elevated to chief developmental officer in 2017. Mohaime left the company in 2018.
Another former employee, Cher Scarlett, alleges that she was disciplined for sending a message to Morhaime after which they were threatened with physical violence. “It was like I was never granted any kind of grace, despite many male leaders being repeatedly excused for their actions, and often being made to believe that sexual harassment wastotally normal and “not all that bad”, and even a complimentgiven the fact that it was accepted as normal,” they continued.
Scarlett did mention she had spoken to Morhaime in private following the release of his comments and were pleased with “his accepting responsibility and being empathetic towards what they had been through and witnessed.” Scarlett thought that Morhaime was kept “in the dark regarding many aspects.”