Activision’s penance comes with an 18 million dollar price tag

Sometimes, sorry seems to be the hardest word. If you don’t believe me, ask Elton John. But if you’re really struggling with expressing your remorse, money can help. And if you don’t believe that, ask Activision Blizzard’s CEO, Bobby Kotick. He showed his remorse by settling the latest pending lawsuit, promising the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) to create an 18 million dollar fund “to compensate and make amends to eligible claimants.”

Does this mean that Activision Blizzard is now officially out of the woods? Nope. Far from it. The EEOC is merely the latest federal body to drag the publisher to court. The DFEH (Department of Fair Employment and Housing) is also holding Activision accountable for various cases of discrimination and harassment. The SEC also has a bone to pick with the publisher, subpoenaing Bobby Kotick in the process. Even shareholders are claiming to take steps against the company for withholding information about these allegations.

But hey, you gotta start somewhere, right? Therefore, the company has released a full statement on the agreement made with the EEOC. In that statement, Activision Blizzard expresses its commitment to creating this 18 million dollar fund, which will be used for reparations. If there’s money left after all the claims have been settled, the remainder will go to charities. Now let’s see what Bobby has to say about it.

“Any amounts not used for claimants will be divided between charities that advance women in the video game industry or promote awareness around harassment and gender equality issues as well as company diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, as approved by the EEOC. The agreement is subject to court approval.”

“There is no place anywhere at our company for discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind, and I am grateful to the employees who bravely shared their experiences. I am sorry that anyone had to experience inappropriate conduct, and I remain unwavering in my commitment to make Activision Blizzard one of the world’s most inclusive, respected, and respectful workplaces.”

Where will that money come from? Who knows. Maybe the price of season passes will go up. Male co-workers might be forced to return the difference in salary. Or… and just hear me out, Bobby Kotick himself will donate 11.6 percent of his yearly wages. I doubt any of the options above are in any way correct. They all sound plausible to me though.