Jeff Keely has announced that Activision Blizzard will not be attending The Game Awards 2022 next week. Just a few hours ago, he tweeted a statement confirming that the company would not be at the event, save for the categories in which its games were nominated.
With the exception of nominations, I can confirm that Activision | Blizzard will not be participating in the #TheGameAwards this year. The event is a time of celebration for this industry, the largest form of entertainment in the world. There is no place for violence, harassment or harassment in any company or community.
He went on to emphasize that a platform like The Game Awards can “accelerate and inspire change,” but the industry must work together to create a safer and more inclusive environment for developers to do their best. “We are all responsible for adhering to this standard.”
The Game Awards revealed some of the big names we will see at the ceremony. The hosts include Giancarlo Esposito and Ming-Na Wen from The Mandalorian, Shang Chi star Simu Liu, and Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. The list also includes voice actor Laura Bailey and former Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fiss-Eme. As we get closer to the ceremony, new MCs are likely to be announced.
This will all culminate in performances by Sting and Imagine Dragons, who contributed their talents to Riot Game’s Arcane multiseries.