The annual festival of trailers and some trophies, The Game Awards, is only days away. The Game Awards host, Geoff Keighley, announced that Activision Blizzard will not participate in “Beyond its nominees.”
He tweeted that the Game Awards were “a time to celebrate this industry” and “the largest form of entertainment in the world.” There is no place to abuse, harass, or use predatory tactics in any company or any community. We have a vast platform that can inspire and accelerate change. While we are all committed to this, we need to work together to create a safer and more inclusive environment that allows everyone to feel safe to make the best games.
In July, Activision Blizzard was sued by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing for discrimination and harassment at work. In particular, Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Blizzard, allegedly told an assistant that he would have her killed. These allegations raise questions about the appropriateness of promoting the company to celebrate the best things about games.
Keighley was interviewed by The Washington Post about Activision Blizzard’s involvement in The Game Awards. He said, “We want developers and employees to be supported,” and that he was still thinking about the best way to go. Keighley confirmed six significant games to be revealed but that Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 would not be displayed during the awards.
Blizzard usually saves significant announcements about its games to BlizzCon. Activision, however, has shown off its games at previous The Game Awards. Last year’s trailer for Call of Duty: Warzone was shown. The Activision president Rob Kostich is part of the advisory board. They are not involved with the voting or nominations but rather “guide and promote the mission” of The Game Awards.
Call of Duty has been nominated for Best Esports Game this year, and Call of Duty: Warzone is nominated as Best Ongoing. The complete list of nominees for 2021 is here.
This year’s Game Awards will occur in person, but they will also be streamed live via more than 40 platforms. They will take place on December 9. Activision Blizzard won’t even announce any NFT games.