Activision Blizzard has announced it’ll pay $18 million to “eligible claimants” in an agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The news has come via a press release on Activision Blizzard’s investor portal, which outlines the agreement that the company has come to with the EOCC. Chief among them is the $18 million the company will pay to “eligible claimants” with “any amounts not used for claimants will be divided between charities that advance women in the video game industry or promote awareness around harassment and gender equality issues as well as company diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, as approved by the EEOC”.
While this agreement is subject to court approval, it should be noted that in the legal Decree Activision Blizzard has denied that it has “subjected any individual or group of individuals to sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination and/or related retaliation, deny all allegations of wrongdoing, liability, damages and entitlement to other relief set forth in the Action whether arising under Title VII or analogous state and local laws, deny any group or systemic discrimination or harassment, and deny that any of their policies and procedures are inadequate” as part of this deal with the EEOC.