These are tough times to work at Blizzard after the US Department of Equal Employment and Housing (DFEH) published its two-year research. The allegations include employee harassment, sexual assault, sexual behavior in the workplace, and widespread machismo. There is even a death related to all of the above.
To make matters worse, Blizzard’s first response denied the allegations and called them “exaggerated.” But the truth is that right now nobody is on the side of the bosses of Activision Blizzard, but they are on the side of the employees. These today sent a letter to the specialized media expressing themselves for the first month.
More th an 900 employees and counting have signed a letter (via: Polygon
For now they are still allegations, but we do not deny that it looks very bad, especially since the accusation comes from the state, and not from individuals. In addition, many employees have used social media to claim that what the investigation mentions is true and that they have also suffered harassment at Blizzard.
Since then, there have been statements from several directors of the largest study in the West, but none have provided solutions or have been responsible. It seems that everything is heading to a possible halt to activities at Blizzard, at least until what happened is clarified.
We will not be silenced, we will not stand aside and we will not give up until the company we love is a workplace that we can all be proud to be a part of again.
Activision Blizzard is the largest video game company on this side of the world, it has important franchises such as Call of Duty or Worlf of Warcraft and it is impossible for the matter to go unnoticed. However, they have been surrounded by controversy and controversy on several occasions and manage to dodge it after apologizing.
We do not know if the same will happen in this case, but it is certainly expected that we will see those responsible pay for their actions. Especially since right now Blizzard would have more than twenty people who, at least, have been sexists and discriminatory leaders in the workplace, according to DFEH.