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It's been a tumultuous few months for Activision. Earlier this year, the Call Of Duty publisher was hit with multiple lawsuits that alleged a toxic work environment and abuse from many of the company's higher ups. This, in turn, led to organized action from Activision staffers campaigning for a better workplace, and a slew of deeply troubling reports detailing much of the harassment and inappropriate behaviour that led to the lawsuits in the first place.
While the company has publicly insisted that it's learning from this mess and is working on bettering itself, it doesn't seem to have quite worked out that way. This week, The Wall Street Journal published an explosive report that alleges Activision CEO Bobby Kotick was not only aware of much of the abuse going on at his company, but that he actively worked to save one male colleague's job after he was accused of harassment.
While Activision's board of directors has, for now, rallied in support of the CEO, the industry as a whole has come together to condemn him. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan and Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer have both spoken out against Kotick. Spencer went so far as to suggest he's "evaluating all aspects" of Xbox's relationship with Activision.
Bloomberg reported yesterday that PlayStation's CEO sent a note to Activision Blizzard about how they plan to address their internal situation.— CharlieIntel (@charlieINTEL) November 18, 2021
PlayStation appears to have removed Vanguard from the featured section on their site.
Today vs. yesterday: pic.twitter.com/vWYyHGDY2S
Meanwhile, PlayStation appears to have quietly taken a different kind of action. As spotted by CharlieIntel, the recently released Call Of Duty: Vanguard appears to have been removed from the front page of the PlayStation Store. It's unclear whether or not this was done in response to the Kotick news, but the timing certainly seems suspect.
It's also unlikely the game will be pulled from the PSN store outright, but this is still a huge move given PlayStation's long established relationship with Call Of Duty when it comes to exclusive content and first access to the games. We'll have to wait and see if that relationship continues as long as Kotick remains in his position at Activision.
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