Activision Blizzard Facing Lawsuit And Employee Backlash Over Sexual Harassment

Female employees of Activision Blizzard faced “ongoing sexual harassment” and discrimination based on their gender, according to a lawsuit filed against the company by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Some of the claims in the lawsuit are disturbing enough to require a content warning. Activision Blizzard’s initial official response called the state’s descriptions “distorted and in many cases inaccurate,” although one of Blizzard’s executives called them “extremely disturbing” and Activision Blizzard’s CEO later “tone deafened” the company’s initial response. called.

In response to Activision Blizzard’s denials, it is estimated that nearly a third of the company’s employees have signed an open letter urging Activision Blizzard’s leaders to take responsibility, and many are planning a July 28 strike. Blizzard Has Also Promised To Remove “Inappropriate Credentials” From Its MMO World of Warcraft but did not specify what those references are.

The case, along with the employee’s response to it, could become a landmark moment for the video game industry, which has long struggled with the mistreatment of female and minority workers. You can come back here for news about future developments in the case and actions of employees.