Activision-Blizzard will not be making a presentation or being invited to the 2021 Game Awards following the harassment case.
The world of video games is not without knowing the controversy surrounding the case for harassment at Activion-Blizzard. This is the cause of a myriad of consequences, one of which has just been added to the list. The studio will officially not be among the guests at the Game Awards 2021. The information comes to us from Geoff Keighley, the presenter of the event, who posted a message full of meaning on Twitter.
is a time of celebration for this industry, the biggest form of entertainment in the world.
There is no place for abuse, harassment or predatory practices in any company or any community.
– Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley)
He therefore informs us that ” Beyond the nominations, I can confirm that Activision-Blizzard will not be part of this year’s Game Awards. The ceremony is a time of celebration for this industry, the largest form of entertainment in the world. Abuse, harassment and predatory practices have no place in a business or community “. The message has the merit of being clear, the actions within the studio clearly do not pass for this iconic figure in the middle.
Call of Duty still in the running
However, Activision-Blizzard keeps its nominations for the awards ceremony which will reward the best games of the year, among others. This only concerns two categories out of the thirty presented, namely the best game service, where Warzone is named, and the best esports game for the franchise Call of Duty. No sign of Diablo II Resurrections therefore, which has nevertheless benefited from rather positive reviews. In addition, Geoff Keighley explains:
” I also realize that we have a great platform that can accelerate and inspire change. We are committed to it, but we must all work together to build a better and more inclusive environment, so that everyone feels safe to create the best games in the world. “.
It is therefore very important for him to set an example during this ceremony, which is the symbol of all this past year. Geoff Keighley is not the only one to have openly expressed himself on the situation around this affair, the bosses of PlayStation, Xbox or Nintendo having condemned the actions of staff already found guilty of harassment or sexual assault.
For now, Blizzard boss Robert Kotick has still not decided to quit his post, but could consider it if the matter is not resolved quickly.