During a Take-Two earnings call today, CEO Strauss Zelnick addressed questions about how the company deals with diversity and harassment issues, in light of the recent lawsuit against Activision Blizzard.
"Inclusion, diversity and common decency are of paramount importance to everyone here and are very important to me during the 14 years we have been around," Zelnick said at the beginning of a long response. "I will say it in black and white as best I can: we will not tolerate harassment or discrimination or misbehavior of any kind. Never … We do not believe that fostering a suitable environment is a unique set of "actions or represents a day in a news cycle. We believe it is a constant process of introspection and improvement."
Zelnick spoke for several minutes about Take-Two's internal harassment and inclusion policies, stating that employees received anti-harassment training when they were hired and twice a year later, and that the company had " several ways "to report the harassment, including an anonymous third party. party hotline.
The CEO also cited Take-Two’s director of diversity and inclusion who has the task of “developing, executing and leading a global D&I strategy”. "We also have several resource groups for employees within the company and we have more growing within the company, which makes us all excited," Zelnick said.
Take-Two has not been completely immune to the issues that have come to light in Activision Blizzard. In 2018 and 2019, Kotaku published reports on extensive crisis and a "fraternity-like" culture in the Take-Two Rockstar Games studio, a description that echoed recent allegations against Activision Blizzard.
In 2020 things seemed to have changed for the better, with the departure of some long-time executives and changes in their development process to limit the crisis. “It’s like there’s an operation to get rid of the bad eggs,” one employee said Kotaku last year. "There are still bad eggs around, make no mistake, but it looks like the days are numbered."
"Are there more things we could do? I'm sure there aren't any," Zelnick said in today's earnings call. "Do we feel like we're in a pretty good place? I'm grateful we feel that way right now."