Activision Blizzard execs have two very different responses to lawsuit

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It’s no surprise that a lawsuit as explosive as the one filed by the California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against Activision Blizzard would cause a stir internally. According to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, two very different emails were sent out to Activision Blizzard employees this week — one by Blizzard president J. Allen Brack and another by Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs Frances Townsend.

In the first email, Brack called the allegations “extremely troubling” and said that he found the “behavior detailed in the allegations is completely unacceptable.”

He promised later in the email that the leadership team will be meeting with employees to figure out how best to move forward.

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“I feel angry, sad, and a host of other emotions, but I also feel grateful to work alongside a set of leaders and thousands of employees who join me in their commitment to continuous improvement.”

Townsend, who joined the company in March, took a different tone with her email, saying that the lawsuit “presented a distorted and untrue picture of our company, including factually incorrect, old, and out of context stories — some from more than a decade ago.” This mirrors the company’s statement to the lawsuit sent to multiple media organizations, which also claimed the lawsuit included “distorted, and in many cases false, descriptions of Blizzard’s past.” She also called the lawsuit “meritless and irresponsible.”

While Brack’s email didn’t present steps the company will be taking, Townsend iterated that Activision Blizzard will be “investing in” diversity and inclusion networks, introducing “inclusive hiring training,” and requiring employees to take part in anti-harassment training, among other tasks.

Schreier said that Townsend’s email has left some employees “fuming.”

You can read the two emails below.

We’ve reached out to Activision Blizzard for comment and will update if we hear back.

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