It's obvious that there's a long way to go for the studio WOW WOTLK Classic Gold . The lawsuit filed by the state of California continues to be pending amid allegations of ethical violations, and Activision Blizzard recently reached a $18 million settlement with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in an unrelated lawsuit.
Activision Blizzard will be using the $18 million to compensate harassers and to support programs to combat discrimination and harassment as well as any remaining funds from the fund being put towards various charities. Yet another ongoing class action lawsuit claims Activision Blizzard misled investors by not disclosing the status of the California investigation. In addition, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting an investigation related on whether or whether the company misled investors.
Then there is a vocal and large segment comprised of Activision, Blizzard, and King employees, which is known as The ABK Workers Alliance, has still not had the four demands of the ABK Workers Alliance to have a more harmonious workplace met by company leadership. Those demands include the end of forced arbitration, the implementation of inclusive hiring and recruiting practices, increased pay transparency through compensation metrics, and an audit of the company's policies to be conducted by a neutral third-party.
"We are aware that we have work in order to earn back the community's trust. We as a the leadership team at Blizzard need to work to regain the trust of our team and our employee's trust." -- WoW game director Ion Hazzikostas
Certain of these demands are finally, following months of silence being acknowledged by the top management. In a letter from Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick published online ahead of the company's November 2 investors conference, Kotick said the company is looking to adopt the "strictest anti-harassment and non-retaliation policy of any company."
He pledged the company will increase the proportion of women and non-binary employees by 50%, in addition to spending $250 million "to improve opportunities for diversity talent." Kotick also vowed to end forced arbitration of claims of discrimination and harassment. More pay transparency is coming in addition and Kotick declaring that the firm will disclose pay equity cheap WOTLK Gold information each year.