In July of this year, Activision Blizzard executive Fran Townsend told employees that California’s harassment discrimination and harassment lawsuit presented a distorted and untrue picture of the company, and this denial did not achieve good results.
Her comment was part of the reason that caused the employees to organize the strike on July 28. This week, Townsend chose a milder version in an email to try to reconcile with employees. An Activision Blizzard employee described to PC Gamer as her first email that was not obviously offensive.
This does not mean that the incident has been resolved, and employees still do not believe in the sincerity of the company’s upper management. The same employee said: In fact, she is still responsible for overseeing improvements in this area, which makes me hardly believe anything she wants to tell us. Two other employees also pointed out that Townsend’s latest email and her previous denial of existence obvious differences.
This week, Activision Blizzard’s public e-mails outlined the company’s plan to respond more decisively to human resources reports, expand its investigation team, and increase transparency. According to Townsend, more than 20 people have “exited” the company due to reports in recent months, and more than 20 people have been disciplined.
However, many employees said that they could not believe this progress report, and the company still tries to evade the request made by employees in July. These requirements include the termination of mandatory arbitration, new recruitment policies, salary transparency, and third-party reviews of company structures and executives.