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Activision Blizzard employees reject auditor appointed by CEO

Say hello to the ABK Workers Alliance.

Activision Blizzard employees have formed a coalition called the ABK Workers Alliance and have written an open letter to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick rejecting the law firm selected as a third-party auditor in the wake of a wave of harrassment allegations faced by the company.

The ABK Workers Alliance is comprised of workers across Activision Blizzard studios including Activision, Blizzard, Beenox, High Moon, Treyarch, Toys for Bob, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer, Raven, Vicarious Visions, King and more. Its open letter specifically calls out WilmerHale, the law firm selected by Activision Blizzard leadership to audit the companies practices.

“One of our demands, a third-party audit of ABK practices and policies, was ostensibly addressed by your decision to hire WilmerHale to conduct an internal review,” a portion of the open letter (as provided to IGN in full) reads.

“While we commend the idea of hiring a third-party firm to perform an internal review, The ABK Workers Alliance cannot support the choice of WilmerHale as an impartial reviewer.”

The coalition specifically cites “WilmerHale’s pre-existing relationships with Activision Blizzard and its executives create an unacceptable conflict of interest,” alongside the firm’s “history of discouraging workers’ rights and collective action”, amongst others, as reasons why.

The ABK Workers Alliance has taken to Twitter here.


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