The Strategist

Activision Blizzard to pay $18m in employee harassment case

09/28/2021 - 05:50

Video game developer Activision Blizzard said it had reached an agreement with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) over complaints of sexual harassment, wage inequality and other corporate culture violations.

Marco Verch via flickr
Marco Verch via flickr
Under the terms of the agreement, the company will pay $18 million in compensation to eligible individuals.

The company will direct the unclaimed funds to internal "diversity, equality and inclusion initiatives" as well as charities. 

Activision Blizzard has also pledged to develop training and software to enable other companies in the video game industry to "improve their workplace rules and their application".

Activision Blizzard continues to be a defendant in the California state lawsuit. On 20 September, the company confirmed proceedings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, the financial regulator requested information on the dismissal of employees who left the company in 2021 and correspondence from Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick.