Championing Our People
We believe Activision Blizzard is more than a place to work—it’s a platform to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. Genuinely embodying this mission and responsibility to our communities is a powerful lever to attract the very best talent.
We know our people are our most valuable assets, and our continued success and growth are directly related to our ability to attract, recruit, enable, retain, and develop diverse and innovative talent.
Our People and Operations During Covid-19
When the COVID-19 virus hit last year, we immediately took action to ensure the well-being of our people, their families, our players, and our communities.
As we transitioned our nearly 10,000 employees safely to working from home, we also ensured that every Activision Blizzard employee and their families had access to high-quality medical care, including mental health counseling, to get through this difficult time.
One example was the immediate pivot of our Esports league to a remote model to continue providing safe engagement and social connection.
(General Manager, Call of Duty | Head of Leagues, Activision Blizzard Esports)
“We faced numerous challenges in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as our live league events were forced to shift to an online model nearly overnight. However, the entire ABE organization and our respective team franchises collaborated incredibly well in a manner of weeks to begin delivering events via remote, cloud-based broadcast tools, increased server support for online match play, and revised marketing and partnership strategies to continue to drive strong fan engagement through the remainder of the season. In fact, both CDL and OWL hit historic viewership highs during their respective Championship events last season despite the enormous challenges faced along the way.
Our technological innovations, product strategies, cross-franchise collaboration, and overall resilience have allowed us to deliver with excellence this past year. It’s truly an honor to be able to work with the best of the best across all facets of the esports industry to continue to raise the bar for this dynamic emerging business.”
Building a Bigger, More Diverse Talent Pipeline
A bigger, more diverse group of talented people is essential to our ability to create innovative and appealing entertainment, and to advancing a more diverse video games industry more broadly. We invest millions of dollars in organizations that increase the population of well-prepared, high-potential, future leaders with skills we need from underrepresented minority groups.
Our investment in Management Leadership for Tomorrow allowed the organization to double participation in its career preparation program, equipping high-achieving Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Americans with skills and coaching to accelerate their careers.
Likewise, our support for the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) provided transformative scholarships for some of our nation’s most promising youth.
We commit to leveraging our scale and partnerships to increase diversity in our industry and create bigger and better opportunities for future generations of game-changers.
We have long emphasized various community programs across the company to promote STEAM learning and foster career opportunities for underrepresented groups in STEAM fields.
Since 2018, we have partnered with Girls Who Code, a nonprofit focused on closing the gender gap in technology, to host a seven-week Summer Immersion Program for high school-aged girls to learn coding and gain exposure to careers in tech.
Through Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We are committed to creating a work environment where our employees can be their authentic selves since we know it helps our communities and world do the same. While we have made great strides in our DE&I efforts, we know there is work still to be done—and that work remains a priority.
We strive to provide the opportunities and resources to unlock potential, engage, grow and give back across the entirety of the employee lifecycle, from candidates to alumni.
Because the global scale of our reach and engagement uniquely positions us to positively influence societal change, we recognize that we must first prioritize and advance diversity internally.
Managing Director Go-to-Market, EMEA
“Aspiring for a diverse workforce not only increases the company’s access to all the great talent that is out there, but also creates a much better team dynamic; you get more innovation and simply put, a workplace that is much more fun to be in. In my personal experience, I have spent a lot of time during my career, being one of few women, or even the only woman. If you hope to appeal to any market where women are customers, consumers, or decision-makers, how could you ever hope to be successful if you do not have women also in leading positions? Having a network to rely on and someone who can see the world from your perspective is invaluable.
I owe so much to the help and encouragement of other women, and I aspire to be of the same help to others. Having the company support these employee networks – to me, that is such a strong signal of encouragement.”
Just one example of this commitment to DE&I is our focus on empowering and advancing woman and underrepresented minorities in our workforce. While we still see room for improvement, 20% of our directors are women, and 20% are members of underrepresented communities. Since 2016, the number of women in our game development leadership roles has more than doubled. The promotion rates between our minority and nonminority populations are identical, and the promotion rate for women is slightly higher than the promotion rate for men.
We have long known that our people are what make Activision Blizzard special, and that inspired innovation is only possible when our employees can be their most authentic selves.
We are hopeful as we look to 2021 and beyond that our daily lives and busines operations return to a sense of normalcy, but know that no matter the circumstance, it’s our people who make the difference.