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.
Activision Blizzard has confirmed to Kotaku that former creative director Alex Afrasiabi was fired from the company following allegations of misconduct during his tenure at the gaming giant. The confirmation comes as part of a larger report into what was called the "Cosby Suite" at Activision Blizzard, which was also referred to in the complaint filed by a California agency.
Today, multitudes of current and former employees of Activision Blizzard, as well as many across the gaming industry, have staged a walkout in protest to the company's response to the allegations that Activision Blizzard allowed a culture of sexual discrimination flourish at the studio.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has finally addressed the allegations levied against the publisher in a public statement sent to employees earlier this evening. The statement calls the company's initial responses "tone deaf" as he thanked employees who have come forward in recent days.
World of Warcraft's team finally put out a statement in the wake of the Activision Blizzard lawsuit which broke news last week. The statement, which doesn't directly reference the lawsuit or any specific actions alleged by the California agency which filed the complaint, the statement does acknowledge the hurt caused at the studio and affirms its stance to "take immediate action" to better protect its workers and players.
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.
In a recent development, it seems the current class-action lawsuit against Chronicles of Elyria developer SoulBound Studios has been transferred to the Western District of Washington.
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.
In a letter sent to management today, over 1000 current Activision Blizzard employees have strongly denounced the company's public response to the current ongoing lawsuit against the studio. The letter, which was sent to gaming news site Kotaku, has employees of the gaming giant call the response to the allegations the studio fostered an environment which allowed sexual discrimination to flourish "insulting."
In response to the allegations by a California agency of a pervasive 'frat boy culture' allowed to flourish at gaming giant Activision Blizzard, work has effectively stopped on the company's largest title, World of Warcraft, according to Senior System Designer Jeff Hamilton. Meanwhile, since the news broke a multitude of former and current Activision Blizzard employees have come out with stories of their own, denouncing the culture and the response to the lawsuit by Activision Blizzard itself.
In another update in the ongoing dumpster fire that is the Activision Blizzard sexual harassment lawsuit, more former Blizzard leads are weighing in. This time, it's the turn of Chris Metzen and Greg Street.
Blizzard Entertainment co-founder and current president of Dreamhaven Mike Morhaime has broken his silence regarding the allegations of sexual discrimination levied by a California state agency at the company he founded in a lawsuit filed this week. The statement, released late in the evening Pacific Time on Friday night has Morhaime apologizing for the culture that existed at the company, stating that he is "extremely sorry" to have "failed" those affected.
In the wake of the sexual discrimination lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard, multiple game press outlets have made the decision to stop covering Activision Blizzard products until meaningful steps have been taken to fix the problems listed in the lawsuit complaint.
In the wake of allegations that Activision Blizzard fostered an environment that saw a "bro culture" be allowed to flourish at the company, Blizzard's president J. Allen Brack sent a memo to employees, calling the allegations "extremely troubling."
Players in the World of Warcraft have organized an in-game protest in the wake of sexual discrimination allegations levied at Activision Blizzard by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The protest, organized by role-playing guild Fence Macabre, is seeing players file into the social hub of Oribos to protest Activision Blizzard over the allegations it fostered a "frat boy culture."