Activision Blizzard agreed to pay a $35 million fine from the Securities and Exchange Commission for its failure to maintain disclosure controls and whistleblower violations stemming from allegations of workplace misconduct.
The SEC said the video game publisher knew employee retention issues were “a particularly important risk in its business,” but did not have adequate controls in place to assess and address workplace misconduct complaints between 2018 and 2021.
The regulator also said Activision Blizzard violated whistleblower laws by requiring former employees to tell the company if the SEC ever reached out for information.
In paying the fine, Activision Blizzard neither admitted nor denied the commission’s findings.
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