We regret to inform you that Bobby Kotick is still the CEO of Activision-Blizzard at the time of this writing. What has changed, on the other hand, is that Jessica Gonzalez – one of the major organizers behind A Better ABK, the worker group pushing for unionization and improvements to corporate culture – has announced she is leaving the company as of December 10th, with her announcement stating that she will be taking on a senior quality engineering role with a financial company and moving out of the game development sector entirely.
Gonzalez shared her farewell message on Twitter, stating that she fully believes that it is possible for Activision Blizzard to be a good place to work and for the employees there to continue organizing and improve the working conditions of the area. While she appreciates the work left to be done, she frames her ultimate decision to leave as being a matter of putting her own health first. She also has some last parting words for Bobby Kotick, once again citing the need for him to be removed from his position:
Your inaction and refusal to take accountability is driving out great talent and the products will suffer until you are removed from your position as CEO. This may seem harsh, but you had years to fix the culture and look at where the company currently stands.
Activision-Blizzard’s stock value continues to slip, with the company’s stock having lost almost 40% of its value over the past six months. These losses began and have continued before the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was detected, though that certainly hasn’t helped.
My resignation from Blizzard Entertainment pic.twitter.com/eJeTsYGFv8
— Jessica Gonzalez 🤍💙 #ABetterABK #ABetterUbisoft (@_TechJess) November 30, 2021