Activision Blizzard today issued a statement assuring that it is cooperating with various regulatory bodies on these issues, a day after two more investigations into the publisher surfaced, resulting in a total of four.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick stated:
“We are deeply committed to making Activision Blizzard one of the best, most inclusive, and diverse places to work anywhere.”
“Discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind have no place in our organization. While we continue to work with regulators in good faith to address and resolve past workplace issues, we are also pursuing our own initiatives to ensure we are the best place to work.”
“We remain committed to dealing directly and quickly with all workplace issues.”
The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Activision Blizzard, according to the Wall Street Journal, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is in talks with the company.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is looking into gender harassment at the company, while the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into whether Activision Blizzard had a responsibility to inform investors about the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s investigation into gender work and compensation loophole allegations before the agency filed a lawsuit in July (Activision Blizzard investors also filed a lawsuit against the company due to lack of disclosure.)
The DFEH’s lawsuit was recently expanded to accuse Kotick of tearing up documents and interfering with its investigation, which Activision Blizzard has denied.
The SEC’s investigation was also refuted by Activision Blizzard, which stated:
“The company is confident in its previous disclosures and is cooperating with the SEC investigation,” according to the statement.
“We’ve made a number of important improvements,” the publisher added, “including significant personnel changes, multiple layoffs, and expanding compliance capabilities.”