3 Ways Microsoft May Tackle Game Maker’s ‘Frat’ Culture

January 31, 2022

Now that Microsoft has agreed to buy Activision Blizzard for nearly $69 billion, experts say the Washington-based tech giant faces a formidable task in dealing with allegations of a toxic workplace culture at the video game maker.

Activision Blizzard, which makes the video game “Call of Duty,” is the target of government enforcement actions and shareholder lawsuits surrounding its alleged sexist work environment.

Microsoft could have everyone re-interview for their jobs, Foster said, and ask targeted questions of interviewees like whether they work well with women or employees from minority groups. Follow-ups could include specific questions about whom they’ve promoted, how many women they’ve hired and into what roles, he suggested.

Farrell Fritz PC partner Domenique Camacho Moran also suggested re-interviews, saying any acquiring business would want to set the right tone early.

“You can start by interviewing people for jobs and making sure that the people you’re hiring are people who have not only the skill set, but the attitude and the soft skills that match your firm’s culture,” she said.

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