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Every day, millions of people welcome our products into their lives. Whether it’s games, esports, or other entertainment, what we do influences and enriches people’s lives. And with great entertainment comes great responsibility.
We make every effort to make sure that what we advertise about our own products – or say about our competitors’ – is clear and true.
Many people put their trust in our hands when they give us their personal information. And we honor this trust by making sure that we follow our policies and applicable laws for handling this information. If you’re ever unsure about this, contact the Law Department.
We take great pride in the quality of our entertainment products, including how we manufacture and distribute them. Our goal is to maintain a supply chain that lives up to our company’s standards for quality and safety. We can only do this by following applicable laws and regulations.
We create great entertainment for millions of people. To continue creating products for our fans and customers – and ourselves – we need to keep doing business the right way. This section explains how to go about your day-to-day work, including how to deal with company assets, social media, gifts and entertainment in business contexts and conflicts of interest.
If you have questions on the disclosure of confidential information or intellectual property, or you suspect an improper release of confidential information, please contact the Law Department or your information security team right away.
One of the most valuable assets at the company is our intellectual property and confidential information. And we all share the same responsibility to protect this information and keep it confidential.
If disclosed, this kind of nonpublic information can be used by competitors or harm our company. Remember, not all confidential information is our information. We must protect confidential information disclosed to us by business partners and third parties, or we risk those relationships and may expose the company to legal liability.
Please try to prevent mistakes before they happen. As an example, you should always handle business-related paperwork, voicemails, texts, instant messages, and emails with care. Use caution when discussing or viewing work in public places such as restaurants, cafés, trains, and airplanes – or even when working remotely from home if you share common space with others. If you need to share such information as part of your job, always use company-approved tools to do so.
Remember, we all signed agreements relating to our company’s proprietary information; our obligation to protect this information continues even after we’ve left the company. If you have any questions, you can always use the ASK List*.
Every day we use our company’s physical assets and information systems. These can be electronic equipment, facilities, funds, email, the intranet, or other company property. Whatever they are, it’s important we treat these assets responsibly, professionally, and in line with company policies. We must protect them from theft, misappropriation, and damage.
Remember that workers can’t expect privacy when they use company information systems – our company may monitor the use of our IT systems, equipment and networks, and the activity and content of traffic on them – at any time, unless prevented by any applicable law. The laws may vary depending on where in the world you are working, so it’s really important that you understand the Electronic Communications Systems Use Policy* that’s applicable to you, as it provides more detail about how and why we monitor.
See your applicable information security and data protection policies for more information. If you see something that isn’t right, please contact the Law Department or your information security team.
Do you access personal information about fellow teammates as part of your job? It’s important to protect this information from inappropriate or unauthorized use or disclosure and handle it according to our company policies and procedures as well as the privacy and data protection laws (whether local or international) that apply to your work.
Do you want to write something about our company, our products, the gaming industry, or anything else related to us on your personal social media channels? Before you do, make sure you:
If you post on social media on behalf of the company as part of your job, remember there are additional guidelines in the Company Sponsored Social Media Policy* that you need to follow. For example, regardless of whether your posts on social media are on behalf of the company, remember that you are still expected to Respect Each Other and to Act with Integrity online, just like in your in-person interactions.
Are you in contact with business partners or people seeking to do business with us? It’s important that you know how to deal with gifts and entertainment. Offering or accepting gifts or entertainment can cloud judgment and influence business decisions. Even if you think you aren’t going to be influenced, the mere appearance of being improperly influenced is a serious risk. So whether it’s a laid-back dinner, tickets to a game or an expensive gift, always check the Gifts & Entertainment Policy* to find out what’s okay before you act. Remember to use the ASK List* if you’re in a tricky spot or aren’t sure what to do.
A "conflict of interest" can arise any time our personal interests conflict with - or even simply just appear to conflict with - the interests of the company. We each have an obligation to refrain from engaging in any activity or having a personal interest that presents a “conflict of interest” and should seek to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. We are all responsible for avoiding these situations. And the most important thing to remember if you come across a potential conflict is to disclose it. Often, a potential conflict can be worked out.
What’s permitted and prohibited under this section will vary based on your working relationship with the company (i.e., employee, contingent worker, consultant). This is why it’s important to reach out for guidance if you are unsure about a potential conflict of interest.
Before we get to examples of potential conflicts of interest we might face, here are some general questions you should ask yourself to help you understand whether a situation you are facing might create a conflict of interest.
If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," the relationship or situation is likely to create a conflict of interest, and you should avoid it. Always disclose any conflicts you may anticipate by submitting an inquiry through the portal. The Way2Play Team* can provide further guidance on how to navigate your specific situation. If you have any question as to whether a situation is likely to create a conflict of interest, ask about it right away by submitting a Conflicts of Interest inquiry form on the portal.
Are you thinking about hiring or referring a relative or someone you have a close personal relationship with for a job at the company? Or are you already working with them? Or perhaps someone close to you is working with or for a competitor, supplier or another business partner of our company? This could be a conflict of interest – please see the Personal and Family Relationships at Work Policy*.
We understand that personal relationships sometimes occur in the workplace. While we would prefer not to be involved in employees’ personal lives, some relationships (including relationships between People Leaders and those that they supervise) could present a conflict of interest – please see the Personal and Family Relationships at Work Policy*.
No matter the purpose, whether it’s paid or not, outside employment or an outside activity can create a conflict of interest if it has the potential to compete with our company, interfere with your job or damage our reputation.
Are you an employee and thinking about creating or developing something in your spare time? Make sure it doesn’t overlap with or potentially compete with our company’s business. Remember, as employees, we all signed agreements relating to our company’s proprietary information. Please, find out more below about your local process for review of independent projects before you start working on your project.
At Blizzard: the side projects process.
At King: the outside interests process.
Everywhere else: the online conflict of interest process.
Having a business interest in a current or potential competitor or business partner, such as providing a loan to, investing in or taking ownership in them, may cause a conflict of interest.
Serving on the board of directors of an outside company, even if that company doesn’t do business or compete with us, can still create a conflict of interest.
A conflict of interest can arise if you’re pursuing, or assisting a friend or family member in pursuing, a business or investment opportunity that you discovered while using company property or information.
In each of these situations, the rule is the same – if you are considering entering any of the scenarios mentioned above - or any other situation that may create a conflict of interest, or the appearance of a conflict of interest, submit a conflict-of-interest inquiry on the portal. Finally, it’s important to understand that as circumstances change, a situation that didn’t present a conflict of interest before may present one now or later.
Remember, the Code of Conduct is not intended to prohibit or infringe on an employee’s rights to discuss wages, hours, working conditions, or other terms and conditions of employment or to otherwise engage in protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act.
The ASK List* is your key go-to resource. It’s a list of people and resources that you can turn to if you have questions, need some advice, or want to report something. You can choose whatever channel or resource makes you the most comfortable. No matter the circumstances, you can reach out to anyone on the ASK List:
You can always reach out to your Way2Play Heroes* for guidance about your reporting options.
We want you to understand more about the Integrity Line so you can decide if it is the right option for you. The Integrity Line is a confidential website and telephone line, operated by an external third-party vendor, which allows you to report concerns 24 hours a day. If you prefer, the Integrity Line allows you to report concerns anonymously. However, providing your name allows us to contact you directly, while still protecting your confidentiality to the extent possible; it also allows us to ask you for further information as we investigate your concerns and may impact our ability to respond and expedite the time it takes us to do so.
You can reach the Integrity Line by:
Reports submitted through the Integrity Line are automatically directed to members of the Way2Play Ethics & Compliance team and may be escalated as appropriate.