An email from Jim Ryan expresses extreme disappointment in Activision Blizzard.
Click image for larger version

Name:	Jim Ryan.jpg
Views:	711
Size:	51.9 KB
ID:	3514617

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan was left "stunned" following this week's Bloomberg report that says Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick was aware for years of the sexual harassment and misconduct happening within the Call of Duty publisher. An email from Ryan, that was originally sent to employees, was obtained by Bloomberg on Thursday.

In the email, Ryan wrote that he and the other PlayStation leadership were "disheartened and frankly stunned to read" that "Activision has not done enough to address a deep-seated culture of discrimination and harassment." Ryan goes on to say that PlayStation has reached out to Activision to express their concern.

"We outreached to Activision immediately after the article was published to express our deep concern and to ask how they plan to address the claims made in the article,” he wrote. “We do not believe their statements of response properly address the situation."
Sony, by way of their PlayStation brand, has had a long working relationship with Activision. Sony and Activision have partnered in recent years to make PlayStation "the" place to go for Call of Duty, offering exclusive content for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 releases. This is a change from the PlayStation 3 era when the Microsoft and the Xbox 360 were at the forefront of Call of Duty promotions.

Ryan's email did not specify whether or not Sony would take any business related actions against Activision. He did, however, say that Sony is "committed to ensuring our community of developers and gamers feel safe and respected, and providing a secure work environment for every employee." He also said that employees should report any incident of harassment or discrimination that they encounter at Sony and that such matters will be investigated.

Despite facing several high-profile lawsuits including multiple from government agencies, the sexual discrimination, the sexual harassment, the employee walkouts, and the mounting pressure from the public, a vast majority of the Activision Blizzard shareholders and board of directors remain supportive of Kotick. There is a small group, accounting for just 1% of the outstanding stock, that have called for Kotick's resignation on Wednesday. Activision Blizzard's board of directors had also issued a statement basically stating that they're perfectly fine with how Kotick is running things. For a look at who those board members are that are in support of Bobby Kotick, Kotaku just put up brief bios for each of them.