Social media accounts related to Activision Blizzard and its various properties were shut down following the California lawsuit against the major video game company make public.
Since it became known on Wednesday that the state of California is suing Activision Blizzard for allegedly widespread abuse of its female employees, official Twitter feeds have been available for call of Duty, Crash bandicoot, Diablo, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and many more have fallen silent. Since these pages are regularly updated with new content and interact with fans, lots see
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action and Snowstormown Twitter accounts, but also for subsidiaries such as Infinity Ward, king, Raven software, Sledgehammer games, and Treyarch, have also taken apparent vows of silence. The corresponding Facebook and Instagram pages for the above games and studios are also without current updates. Obviously, it is a little more difficult to spot obvious failures on these company pages as they are published less often than for certain franchises.
Of course, that hasn’t stopped former Activision Blizzard employees, including many women, from from the use of social media both express the pain of the reprehensible behavior described in the lawsuit and share their own stories about their experiences in the company.
“Put aside your love of the company’s products and the company’s fictional universe for a moment and think about it: I’ve seen my female colleagues being demoted for ‘failing to meet the requirements of the job’ due to pregnancy and female health problems . “Design artist Shaynuh Chanel wrote on Thursday, Add: “I felt alone for a long time and minimized my pain, I hope nobody has to do that anymore. This is our time to speak. “
Activision Blizzard leadership is working behind the scenes to forestall the lawsuit. Internal emails seen by Kotaku wear a touch of hasty repentance while the company is at the same time rejects the allegations in public statements. We at Kotaku haven’t heard from Activision Blizzard’s corporate PR since Wednesday, although we’ve contacted the company with every additional story we’ve released.
If Activision Blizzard’s current lack of Twitter presence has a silver lining, it is that the poor community managers and social media interns who run it don’t have to cope with the barrage of well-deserved criticism directed at those in charge judges for their heinous acts. Right now, these accounts stand as the silent guardians of a company desperately struggling to maintain a crumbling facade of “business-as-usual”.