Yesterday reports came out that the California Agency suing Activision Blizzard alleged that the gaming giant shredded documents pertinent to the investigation, claiming that the company was interfereing with its investigation. Activision Blizzard has responded to the allegations, stating that the claims are "not true" and outlines what the company has done since to steer in the right direction.
In an update to the current ongoing lawsuit filing, it seems the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment have expanded its lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The expanded lawsuit now includes contract workers in addition to the full time workers the lawsuit was representing. Meanwhile, the DFEH is also alleging that Activision Blizzard is directly interfering with the department's ability to conduct its investigation in relation to the lawsuit.
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 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 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."
In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the California Department of Fair Employment And Housing is alleging Activision Blizzard has fostered a "frat boy" culture which saw female employees contending with unequal pay, sexual harrassment and more. This filing comes after a two-year long investigation, according to Bloomberg Law.