This week, a group of Activision Blizzard employees calling itself The ABK Worker’s Alliance has issued an open letter to CEO Bobby Kotick and the executive leadership team demanding improvements at the company. The group includes members from studios across the company, including Activision. Beenox, Blizzard, High Moon Studios, Infinity Ward, King, Sledgehammer, Raven, and Vicarious Visions, and says it is “committed to defending our right to a safe and equitable workplace.”
“We communicated a list of four demands aimed at protecting our most vulnerable workers,” the letter says. “These are: (1) an end to forced arbitration in employment agreements, (2) the adoption of inclusive recruitment and hiring practices, (3) increases in pay transparency through compensation metrics, and (4) an audit of ABK policies and practices to be performed by a neutral third-party. Importantly, we demanded that this third party be selected by an employee-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion task force.”
The letter goes on to accuse Activision Blizzard leadership of failing to address those concerns – aside from the third-party audit of company policies, which was “ostensibly addressed by your decision to hire WilmerHale to conduct an internal review”.