Geoff Keighley, organizer of Game Awards, said on Twitter that the group Activision-Blizzard will have no place in the ceremony scheduled for December 10. Now one of the most important meetings in terms of World Premieres and high standing officialization (and, incidentally, a party with publicity and garish self-promotion), the Game Awards will also be the first media event of this magnitude organized after the shock revelations within the Activision-Blizzard group— and the legal imbroglio that followed.
Named games, publisher chased
“With the exception of the nominated games, I can confirm that Activision-Blizzard will not be part of the Game Awards this year.. ” Can we read onby Keighley. “The Game Awards are a time of celebration for the industry, the world’s greatest form of entertainment. There is no room for any form of harassment or abusive practices within any business or community.. ”
This statement interviews just hours after a controversial interview given by Keighley to the Washington Post site and published last Friday. The Canadian coach was then restricted from any direct comment on Activision’s presence in the ceremony, saying he was still considering how to handle the situation. This supposedly neutral position has been strongly criticized on social networks and some American media.
The noose tightens for Activision-Blizzard
Activision-Blizzard recently came under the attention of six US state treasurers who are calling for “radical changes”Threatening with“call to vote against the re-election of current directors”Within the group’s administrative committee. Bobby Kotick, chief CEO of Activision-Blizzard, was also the subject of a lengthy Wall Street Journal investigation last November. The businessman would thus have been fully aware of the harassment practices that have taken place within the group and would have also protected certain employees from various accusations.
It should be noted that this does not change the status of the Activision games nominated for the Game Awards. For example, Call of Duty: Warzone, and the Call of Duty franchise in general, are both nominated in the “Best Following” and “Best Esport Game” categories respectively. Another notable fact: Rob Kostich, president of the Activision branch of the Activison-Blizzard group, is still at the head of the Game Awards advisory committee.