2021 Game Awards Silent Host on Activision Blizzard’s Allegations

The Game Awards will host a pose of Geoff Keighley in a black suit in front of a blue and black background.

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As Geoff Keighley’s annual Game Awards Show Creator and host in the 8th year Said Washington post today Following the latest reports of sexual misconduct at the publisher, he is still thinking about how to “navigate” Activision Blizzard’s involvement in the ceremony.

“We want to support our employees and developers,” Keighley said. Interview about what to expect at the 2021 Game Awards, Will take place on December 9th. “[Keighley] He added that he helped people move the story forward, but didn’t want to reduce the developer’s chances of spotlighting the game. ” Washington post report.

“We have to think very carefully about how to proceed here,” he said in an interview. Despite being one of the most prominent figures in the video game industry, Keighley has so far refrained from calling for years of abuse reported by one of the world’s largest gaming companies.

Keighley and The Game Awards did not respond to requests for comment.

Activision Blizzard to face California Regulatory Proceedings Claiming widespread sexism, harassment, and other forms of abuse over the years is one of the few companies on the Game Awards advisory board. In addition to Activision President Rob Kostich, the board also includes executives from Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony, and many other major companies in the gaming industry.

The 2021 Game Awards trophy is on a pedestal in front of a blue background.

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In particular, the executives of these console makers were some of the few voices recently spoken, albeit internally rather than publicly. Bomb investigation by The Wall Street Journal About cheating at Activision Blizzard involving CEO Bobby Kotick.

in the meantime Thousands of employees at the publisher Asked Cotic to resign, Nintendo US President Doug Bauzer, Playstation boss gym Ryan, When Head of Xbox PhilSpencer, Each sent an email to their respective staff, expressing disgust and concern about the allegations, but none of them announced any specific changes to their business relationship with Activision Blizzard.

In addition to recognizing the efforts and artistic achievements of game developers, the Game Awards are also a huge marketing platform for game companies to promote their upcoming games.Last year, Activision used this event Show off the first season of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold WarAfter the release of War zone content.

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In Latest episode of Inside the game awardKeighley, a podcast series promoting the show, has confirmed that new game announcements and trailers are the most popular part of the event and the number one reason most viewers pay attention. He also talked in detail about the game’s work and collaboration. A company that curates a selection of trailers each year.Kaley Washington post The 2021 show doesn’t include anything about Blizzard’s recent delays Diablo IV When Overwatch 2, But it doesn’t mention if other Activision Blizzard games will appear.

However, accusations of misconduct and abuse are not limited to Activision Blizzard.In addition to the growing pile of reports on crunches in many studios Often nominated for a Game Awards, Other members of its advisory board are also facing criticism.Sony’s PlayStation division was recently sued by a former employee Claim gender discrimination..Microsoft faces many criticisms of discrimination that’s all NS Year..Report Sexist culture At riot games The end result was a huge settlement. And Ubisoft faced it Last year’s massive #MeToo calculations, Current and former employees Take cheating complaints seriously..

Update: 12/4/21, 8:21 am ET: Keighley elaborated on Activision Blizzard’s involvement in this year’s Game Awards. Twitter thread Posted late last night. The organizer confirms that the publisher is not outside the nominated category (nominated and winners are voted by the media) and “There is no place for abuse, harassment, or looting in businesses or communities. “

Keighley continued:

We also recognize that there are large platforms that can accelerate and inspire change. We’re working on that, but we all need to work together to build a better, more comprehensive environment so that everyone can safely build the best games in the world.

All of us are responsible for this standard. Incredible games, and the talented developers who build them, are the ones we want to celebrate. See you on thursday.

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