Activision This year's Game Awards will be without Blizzard
Activision Blizzard "will not be a part of this year's #TheGameAwards" outside of its nominations, according to Geoff Keighley, executive producer and host of The Game Awards. This is in light of allegations of the company's toxic culture, as well as CEO Bobby Kotick's history of sexual harassment and abuse.
Keighley hinted at Activision Blizzard's possible exclusion from the award show in an interview with The Washington Post, saying he was thinking about how to "navigate" the situation with the company without harming its developers or employees.
Despite the fact that Activision Blizzard will not be present at this year's Game Awards, the company may have some influence over the event. The Game Awards' board of advisors includes Rob Kostich, president of Activision Blizzard. While the board has no say in which games receive nominations or awards, it does help The Game Awards "guide and advance the mission."
Other game companies have weighed in on the Activision Blizzard controversy, with PlayStation issuing a company-wide statement condemning the claims and Xbox boss Phil Spencer stating that Microsoft is reevaluating its relationship with the company.
"Abuse, harassment, or predatory practices have no place in any company or community," Keighley wrote. "We must all work together to create a better and more inclusive environment in which everyone feels safe to create the best games in the world."