Sit-in protests target Activision Blizzard

Today: The sequel to The World Ends With You is finally out this week — Extra long Eevee Community Day for Pokémon Go in August — American McGee thinks Dead Space reboot leaves hope for Alice

World of Warcraft players’ sit-in protest

WoW subscribers organised a 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.

What rap group sampled music from Eternal Champions for their album E. 1999 Eternal?

a) Three 6 Mafia
b) Brockhampton
c) NWA
d) Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Microsoft Flight Simulator comes to Xbox

Microsoft Flight Simulator first released August 2020

Microsoft Flight Simulator is finally taking off on Xbox Series X/S this week, while Square Enix's surprise sequel Neo: The World Ends With You lands on PlayStation 4 and Switch.

Tuesday – July 27th

  • The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles for PC, NS, PS4
  • Neo: The World Ends with You for NS, PS4
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator for XSX
  • Samurai Warriors 5 for PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Tribes of Midgard for PC, PS4, PS5

Wednesday – July 28th

  • Chernobylite for PC
  • Unbound: Worlds Apart for PC

Thursday – July 29th

  • The Ascent for PC, XBO, XSX
  • Blaster Master Zero 3 for PC, NS, PS4, XBO, XSX
  • Blaster Master Zero Trilogy: MetaFight Chronicle for NS, PS4
  • Fuga: Melodies of Steel for PC, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX
  • Omno for PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Paint the Town Red for PC, NS, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX

Eevee Community Day for Pokémon GO

Eevee has eight possible Evolutions

Eevee is coming back for the August Community Day event, which will last for more than a single day. The event will take place from August 13th until 16th, and Eevee will know a special attack.

Evolving Eevee into Sylveon during the Community Day event will take fewer hearts than usual too, and stickers inspired by Eevee and its evolutions will be available throughout August.

Pokémon Café Mix

  • Mimikyu repeat Team event between July 28th and August 11th

Pokémon GO

  • Ultra Unlock: Time event underway until August 3rd
  • Community Day: August 13th-16th
    • Eevee Evolutions learn special attacks
      • Vaporeon: Scald
      • Jolteon: Zap Cannon
      • Flareon: Superpower
      • Espeon: Shadow Ball
      • Umbreon: Psychic
      • Leafeon: Bullet Seed
      • Glaceon: Water Pulse
      • Sylveon: Psyshock
      • All caught and hatched Eevee know Last Resort
    • Eevee with Shiny variant appears more in wild
    • Take snapshots for a surprise during Community Day
    • $1 for Special Research story ‘What You Choose to Be’
    • Eggs require only 25% of usual Hatch Distance
    • Incense and Lure Modules last three hours

Pull off crazy stunts with Crash Drive 3

Crash Drive returns, and tank battles are back too!

Grab the wheel and immerse yourself in ridiculous fun in Crash Drive 3, a free-roaming cross-platform online racing extravaganza featuring tank battles, beach ball smashing, and more. The winners for last week's giveaway have now been revealed:

  • Otso Kankainen
  • Michael O'Hara
  • Bert Casale
  • Giuseppe Maielli
  • Matyas Toth

What rap group sampled music from Eternal Champions for their album E. 1999 Eternal?

Swang with a click tight claim

ANSWER: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony!

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is one of the oldest and most unique hip hop groups out there, and they’ve somehow managed to keep it together despite the occasional fracture and temporary departure. But did you know that they are Sega fans too?

Two of the tracks on their classic E. 1999 Eternal samples Sega’s Genesis fighting game Eternal Champions: Eternal and Tha Crossroads. Eternal uses the theme from the game’s character bio screen, while Tha Crossroads features the bad ending theme. Tha Crossroads eventually earned a Grammy award in 1997, so the sample gamble clearly paid off.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!