Sony’s Jim Ryan says Activision Blizzard has not “properly managed” its ongoing crisis



Yesterday’s explosive Wall Street Journal report about Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is having a ripple effect across the game industry. Bloomberg News has learned that Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan e-mailed employees today to inform them that he has e-mailed Activision Blizzard leadership to chastise them for their handling of numerous allegations of sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination.

According to Bloomberg, Ryan told employees that he and Sony leadership were “disheartened and frankly stunned” to read that Activision hasn’t “done enough to address a deep-seated culture of discrimination and harassment.”

Ryan went on to say that he had gone so far as to reach out to Activision Blizzard leadership himself, saying that the made contact after the article was published to to say that their statements “do not properly address the situation.”

These comments from PlayStation leadership are exceptionally notable, given that Activision Blizzard relies on close contact with the platform-holder to successfully publish and market games like Call of Duty

We’ve reached out to Activision Blizzard to ask about Ryan’s e-mail, and will update this story when they respond.



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