World of Warcraft players’ sit-in protest
Loads of World of WarCraft players have staged sit-in protests after the state of California launched legal action against Activision Blizzard based on allegations of serious workplace harassment and discrimination.
Activision-Blizzard vehemently denied the findings reported by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which claimed that the company was gripped by “frat boy” culture endangering staff. Their customers, however, did not seem impressed by the response, which labelled the DFEH “unaccountable State bureaucrats.”
- Misconduct alleged across all development teams
- Players have gathered in sit-in protests across various servers
- The protest raised over $8,000 for Black Girls Code so far
- Blizzard development staff have come out to say they're unhappy with the "corporate response"
- Blizzard president J. Allen Brack sent out an internal email to staff addressing the allegations, calling it "extremely troubling"
Veteran shame: Blizzard Entertainment veteran and former CEO Mike Morhaime said he feels “ashamed” of what the studio has become today, adding “everything I thought I stood for has been washed away.”
Unwanted NPC: Blizzard is removing NPC Field Marshal Afrasiabi from World of WarCraft since it is based on former senior creative director Alex Afrasiabi who is accused of “blatant sexual harassment”. The lawsuit was filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court last week.