Geoff Keighley, the manager producer and host of The Recreation Awards, despatched out a tweet to substantiate that outdoors of its nominations, Activision Blizzard “will not be a part of this year’s #TheGameAwards.” That is in gentle of claims concerning the firm’s poisonous tradition, in addition to allegations of CEO Bobby Kotick’s historical past of abuse and harassment.
Past its nominations, I can affirm that Activision|Blizzard won’t be part of this 12 months’s #TheGameAwards
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) December 4, 2021
In an interview with The Washington Post, Keighley hinted at Activision Blizzard’s potential removing from the award present, noting that he was considering learn how to “navigate” the scenario with the corporate with out harming its builders or staff.
Though Activision Blizzard received’t have a task on this 12 months’s Recreation Awards, the corporate should solid some affect over the present. Rob Kostich, the president of Activision Blizzard serves on The Game Awards’ board of advisors. Whereas the board doesn’t have a say by way of which video games obtain nominations and awards, it nonetheless helps “guide and advance the mission” of The Recreation Awards.
Different sport firms have spoken out concerning the controversy surrounding Activision Blizzard, with PlayStation sending out a company-wide discover to sentence the claims, and Xbox boss Phil Spencer saying that Microsoft is reevaluating its relationship with the corporate.
“There is no place for abuse, harassment or predatory practices in any company or any community,” Keighley wrote. “We all need to work together to build a better and a more inclusive environment so everyone feels safe to build the world’s best games.”