Activision Pulls Out of Game Awards Over Misconduct Allegations

Ahead of the 2021 Game Awards, it was revealed that Activision Blizzard would no longer be a part of the event, as the company remains the subject of allegations of misconduct.

The executive producer of the Game Awards, Geoff Keighley, confirmed on Twitter that the game developer would not be present at the latest event outside of its nominated games, reported Video Games Chronicle. "Beyond its nominations, I can confirm that Activision Blizzard will not be a part of this year's Game Awards," Keighley said. "The Game Awards is a time of celebration for this industry, the biggest form of entertainment in the world. There is no place for abuse, harassment or predatory practices in any company or any community."

RELATED: The Game Awards 2021: Why Returnal Deserves to Win Best Action Game

The accusations against Activision Blizzard have claimed the company allowed its workplace to play host to acts of harassment and discrimination. In the wake of these assertions, the company has come under further fire as a result of claims that it has failed to address the issues raised. Furthermore, recent accusations have also placed specific blame on Activision Blizzard's CEO Bobby Kotick, alleging that Kotick was aware and personally complicit in some of the abuse present at the company.

Despite the ongoing nature of the Activision controversies, Keighley was initially hesitant about providing a definitive answer on the developer's place at the awards. He previously spoke to the Washington Post, saying, "We want to support employees and developers. We have to think very carefully about how to proceed here."

RELATED: The Game Awards 2021: Why Resident Evil Village Deserves to Win Game of the Year

Keighley's recent Twitter post, however, confirms that a definitive decision was indeed reached. He spoke of the culture he wanted the awards to represent and why Activision's current situation was an ill fit for the event.  He said, "I also realize we have a big platform which can accelerate and inspire change. We are committed to that, but we all need to work together to build a better and a more inclusive environment so everyone feels safe to build the world’s best games. All of us are accountable to this standard."

Despite the change in stance on Activision Blizzard specifically, Keighley remained true to the original statement given to the Washington Post. He said, "Incredible games – and the talented developers who build them – are who we want to celebrate. See you on Thursday." The Game Awards 2021 will air on Dec. 10, and unlike last year, the event is set to include a live audience.

KEEP READING: Activision Blizzard Delays Diablo IV, Overwatch 2

Source: Video Games Chronicle

Tales of Luminaria: Archers Celia, Maxime and Laplace, Ranked
Related Topics
About The Author
Ethan Moss (214 Articles Published)

Ethan Moss is a graduate from the University of Chester, with a BA degree in Creative Writing and an MA in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture. His MA dissertation was accepted for publication at ChesterRep. Ethan is also a writer at KeenGamer as a contributing gaming journalist for various opinion pieces and guides. His personal blog Late2Rate contains some of his past poetry and written work.

More From Ethan Moss

You May Like Also

  • The Game Awards 2021: Why Returnal Deserves to Win Best Action Game
  • Activision Blizzard's CEO
  • The Game Awards 2021: Why Resident Evil Village Deserves to Win Game of the Year
  • Activision's current situation
  • Game Awards 2021 will air on Dec. 10
  • Activision Blizzard Delays Diablo IV, Overwatch 2
  • First Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 Footage Debuts Spider-Man 2099
  • Fortnite Unmasks Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in New Cutscene
  • Heath Ledger vs. Joaquin Phoenix: Which Actor Played the Better Joker?
  • This Shocking Community Theory Suggests the Entire Show Is in [SPOILER]'s Mind
  • Patrick Stewart’s Best Role Isn't Star Trek or X-Men - It's Far More Terrifying
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife Hides a Nod to Another Classic Ghost
  • Destiny 2: Beyond Light Is Leaving Game Pass - Here's What You Need to Finish First
  • DC's Wonder Woman 2021 Annual #1
  • DC's Justice League Incarnate #1 Comics Review
  • Detective Comics 2021 Annual #1 Comic Review
  • Dark Horse's Joy Operations #1 Comic Review
  • Marvel's Black Panther #1 Comic Review
  • Marvel's X-Force: Killshot Anniversary Special #1 Comic Review
  • Lost In Space: Will Robinson Is the New Walt From Lost
  • Batgirl Set Video Reveals Brendan Fraser’s Firefly as the Actor Celebrates His Birthday
  • SAO Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night Hints Asuna Was an Amateur Gamer
  • Dragon Ball: The Breakers - What to Expect When Playing As a Survivor
  • Spider-Man: Every Marvel Villain Who’s Worn the Green Goblin Mask
  • Avatar Studios Is Creating a New Animation Style for Future Projects
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Zendaya Had to Catch Tom Holland During a Stunt
  • What to Watch Over Christmas: The Most Festive Feel-Good Anime on Netflix
  • The Avengers' New Villain Team Includes an Evil, Magic-Fueled Iron Man
  • Top 100 Comic Book Storylines Master List
  • One Piece: The Origin of Zoro's Swords
  • A Boy Called Christmas’ Most Twisted Character Isn’t the Elf Witch - It’s [Spoiler]