More than 500 Activision Blizzard employees have signed a petition calling for CEO Bobby Kotick to be removed this week following the revelations Wall Street Journal that he had been aware of the publisher’s culture of harassment “for years”.

The petition encompasses virtually every part of Activision Blizzard’s business, with employees from Activision, Blizzard, King, Infinity Ward, Raven Software, Toys For Bob, and other studios all signing up. The intro reads:

We, the undersigned, no longer have confidence in the leadership of Bobby Kotick as CEO of Activision Blizzard. The information that has come to light about his behavior and practices in running our companies contradicts the culture and integrity we demand of our leaders – and is in direct conflict with the initiatives of our colleagues. We are requesting that Bobby Kotick step down as CEO of Activision Blizzard and that shareholders be allowed to elect the new CEO without the involvement of Bobby, who we know holds a significant portion of the voting rights of the shareholders.

The petition follows new allegations this week that Kotick intervened personally to prevent the removal of a senior employee charged with harassment. Activision Blizzard’s board of directors has repeatedly backed Kotick, including at yesterday’s all-hands meeting.

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