In a shock tweet today, Geoff Keighley, announced Activision|Blizzard would not be included in the 2021 Game Awards.
The string of tweets from the producer and host of the game awards, Mr Keighley, shared that he believed his decision would help to shape a more inclusive environment.
“Beyond its nominations, I can confirm that Activision|Blizzard will not be a part of this year’s #TheGameAwards”
The tweet thread continued:
“#TheGameAwards is a time of celebration for this industry, the biggest form of entertainment in the world. There is no place for abuse, harassment or predatory practices in any company or any community.”
“I also realize we have a big platform which can accelerate and inspire change. We are committed to that, but we all need to work together to build a better and a more inclusive environment so everyone feels safe to build the world’s best games.”
“All of us are accountable to this standard. Incredible games — and the talented developers who build them — are who we want to celebrate. I hope to see you on Thursday.”
This news comes after an interview published yesterday by the Washington Post, where Mr Keighley was hesitant on his stance about the recent Activision|Blizzard controversy and its impacts on The Game Awards.
Keighley shared in that interview that The Game Awards wanted to continue to support employees and developers, but recognised “We have to think very carefully about how to proceed here.”
The exclusion of Activision|Blizzard from The Game Awards is welcome news to many fans who agree with the actions taken by Mr Keighley and the awards team. Others are raising concerns that Rob Rostich (President of Activision) is still listed on the advisory board of The Game Awards and feel that conflicts with Mr Keighley’s tweet thread today.
The Game Awards will be live on December 9, from the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles. Voting is still available for all fans.