Worker Group Organizer Jessica Gonzales Is Leaving Activision Blizzard And The Gaming Sector
Jessica Gonzales, one of the organizers of A Better ABK, a worker group dedicated to improving culture and unionizing in Activision Blizzard, has announced that she will be leaving the controversial company effective December 10th. According to Gonzales, she will be leaving the gaming sector and have accepted the position of senior quality engineer for a financial company.
In her farewell message on Twitter, Gonzales said that she believes that it’s still possible to make Activision Blizzard a great place to work and encouraged the studio’s employees to continue the work that she started.
“For those of you thankful for my voice, I encourage you to find yours and use it,” she wrote. “There are good people in the industry, and I believe with enough education and awareness ABK can be a great place to be. There’s lots of work to do still and I am mentally wounded from this fight. It’s been a long and exhausting road for change, but it isn’t over.”
She also had a parting message for Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick who still remains in position despite multiple petitions for his removal. “To [Bobby Kotick]: Your inaction and refusal to take accountability is driving out great talent and the products will suffer until you are removed from your position as CEO. This may seem harsh, but you’ve had years to fix the culture and look at where the company currently stands,” she tweeted.
Meanwhile, the company’s stock price continues to plummet and is now down 39% over the last six months.
— Jessica Gonzalez 💙 #FireBobbyKotick (@BlizzJess) November 30, 2021