Jack Tretton, the current president and chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment, was critical of Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick on Thursday for his public statement on accusations made against Brian Fargo.
According to Variety, Fargo accused Kotick of berating and withholding bonuses from some employees because of their suggestions regarding the female-only demo of the video game Fortnite at Comic-Con in July. Fargo was terminated from his role as “chief creative officer” of the company after an internal investigation, which took only six days, concluded that he had violated employee code of conduct policies. Kotick said Fargo had “crossed the line.”
At a news conference in Shanghai, Tretton said, “It’s a mistake that is a very big mistake. The way that that statement was said was wrong. I think it’s a bad reflection for the man who says it and it looks bad on the rest of the people who are associated with that statement. I think it’s unfortunate.”
According to Fortune, Tretton’s comments came during a roundtable discussion at the Shanghai Global Chamber of Commerce, and he took questions from two reporters about Sony and related issues as part of an expanded discussion.
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