The latest fallout from the ongoing Activision Blizzard lawsuit sees more companies pulling their advertisement for Overwatch League. Read on for details.
Ever since the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard alleging sexual harassment and discrimination was filed on July 22, it's safe to say several developments have occurred. To help you (and us) keep track of what's happened (so far), we've compiled a list of events below.
Blizzard's J. Allen Brack has stepped down from his position as President of Blizzard today as revealed on Blizzard's site. Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra (the latter formerly of Microsoft) will now head the studio.
In a letter published with permission by IGN, former Blizzard developer and co-founder of Guild Wars 2 developer Jeff Strain is calling for unionization within the games industry. The letter, which Strain also sent to employees at his new venture, sees the games industry executive state that he has "nothing to fear" from unionization.
In response to how management has handled the blowback since a California agency brought a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard alleging, among other things, sexual discrimination and harassment at the company, employees of the gaming giant are staging a walkout on Wednesday in protest.
There have been more developments in the Activision Blizzard lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and worse. A new report cites an internal all-hands call of sorts in which executives claimed they, "have never seen this" behavior.
A recent report from IGN has shed additional insight into the string of high profile departures from Blizzard over recent years. The report points to a feeling of decline, layoff, and lack of major releases.
In a new report by Motherboard, Activision Blizzard, publishers of World of Warcraft, responded that a hiring process intended to include more diverse candidates would be "unworkable."
Vicarious Visions, the studio recently behind the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2 remakes, has been merged into Blizzard Entertainment, per a new report.
A new video game company titled Dreamhaven has been founded by former CEO Mike Morhaime, and two new studios have been announced. The new company is free from Activision, and is made up of a host of former Blizzard developers.
A tweet by the official Call of Duty Twitter has confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will release November 13th. The tweet includes a 2-minute trailer, that announces open beta early access for PS4 preorders.
Employees of Blizzard, developers behind World of Warcraft, have started sharing around a spreadsheet which contains salaries, pay increases, and more in a new report by Bloomberg. [UPDATE 8/7/20: Corrections were made to the original Bloomberg report since its publishing. We were contacted by PR on behalf of Activision Blizzard with these corrections in-line below]