Activision Blizzard: New Director to Lead Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Efforts

game news Activision Blizzard: New Director to Lead Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Efforts

As a sign of Activision Blizzard’s commitment to improving its workplace to make it more welcoming, the hiring of Kristen Hines as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was announced today.

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  • “Create a workplace that values ​​transparency, fairness and inclusion”
  • Recruitment after a difficult 2021

“Create a workplace that values ​​transparency, fairness and inclusion”

In a statement posted on April 11, 2022 on its official website, Activision-Blizzard announced that it has hired Kristen Hines as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her charge will be effective from April 25. A decision that goes in the direction of the recent measures taken by the company to improve the workspace. On this subject, Kristen Hines says she is excited about continuing the company’s efforts, she said in the press release:

I am excited to join a company that prioritizes its commitment to DEI (Diversity, Inclusion and Equity) and is advancing its ambitious goals. In a historically underrepresented industry, I look forward to leading the company’s efforts to create a workplace that values ​​transparency, fairness, and inclusion.

About this new signing it is also Bobby Kotick who speaks. The current CEO of Activision-Blizzard, who could leave his position when the acquisition by Microsoft is completed, salutes the qualities of Kristen Hines and explains why she is the ideal choice for such a mission:

Activision Blizzard has big ambitions to be the friendliest and most inclusive gaming company. We have already made significant progress in ensuring the well-being and safety of our employees, and we are excited to have Kristen Hines join our ranks. Her past results make her the right person to ensure the creation of an equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace in line with our values.

Recruitment after a difficult 2021

A hiring surely made as a result of the numerous accusations filed against Activision Blizzard in 2021: cases of sexual harassment and assault, toxic culture… At the end of 2021, it was even the Washington Post that published an investigation in which Bobby Kotick would have silenced some of these cases. Recently, it is by the way a California patio that validated the $18 million settlement found between the EEOC and the company : a fund that will be used to compensate victims but will also be paid to associations whose mission is to highlight women in video games.

Also recently, four US senators got involved in the agreement reached by Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard for 68.7 billion: they want the FTC, Federal Trade Commissioninvest further to determine if this acquisition could not aggravate “the wave of allegations of sexual abuse, harassment and retaliation at Activision uncovered in recent federal investigations“.

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