How much Activision does it take to change a Blizzard?

Blizzard WoW team mentioned a lot. Complaint is here
https://aboutblaw.com/YJw

In fact, it would appear that most fo their examples are about Blizzard. Furor is even called out by name in item 47.

Ok, that’s more specific than the Bloomberg link that I was referring to.

Activision’s response to the suit is certainly something. They basically say that some of the accusations might be inaccurate and pull the “that’s not who we are today” bullshit. This is a disaster for them.

We value diversity and strive to foster a workplace that offers inclusivity for everyone. There is no place in our company or industry, or any industry, for sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind. We take every allegation seriously and investigate all claims. In cases related to misconduct, action was taken to address the issue.

The DFEH includes distorted, and in many cases false, descriptions of Blizzard’s past. We have been extremely cooperative with the DFEH throughout their investigation, including providing them with extensive data and ample documentation, but they refused to inform us what issues they perceived. They were required by law to adequately investigate and to have good faith discussions with us to better understand and to resolve any claims or concerns before going to litigation, but they failed to do so. Instead, they rushed to file an inaccurate complaint, as we will demonstrate in court. We are sickened by the reprehensible conduct of the DFEH to drag into the complaint the tragic suicide of an employee whose passing has no bearing whatsoever on this case and with no regard for her grieving family. While we find this behavior to be disgraceful and unprofessional, it is unfortunately an example of how they have conducted themselves throughout the course of their investigation. It is this type of irresponsible behavior from unaccountable State bureaucrats that are driving many of the State’s best businesses out of California.

The picture the DFEH paints is not the Blizzard workplace of today. Over the past several years and continuing since the initial investigation started, we’ve made significant changes to address company culture and reflect more diversity within our leadership teams. We’ve updated our Code of Conduct to emphasize a strict non-retaliation focus, amplified internal programs and channels for employees to report violations, including the “ASK List” with a confidential integrity hotline, and introduced an Employee Relations team dedicated to investigating employee concerns. We have strengthened our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and combined our Employee Networks at a global level, to provide additional support. Employees must also undergo regular anti-harassment training and have done so for many years.

We put tremendous effort in creating fair and rewarding compensation packages and policies that reflect our culture and business, and we strive to pay all employees fairly for equal or substantially similar work. We take a variety of proactive steps to ensure that pay is driven by non-discriminatory factors. For example, we reward and compensate employees based on their performance, and we conduct extensive anti-discrimination trainings including for those who are part of the compensation process.

We are confident in our ability to demonstrate our practices as an equal opportunity employer that fosters a supportive, diverse, and inclusive workplace for our people, and we are committed to continuing this effort in the years to come. It is a shame that the DFEH did not want to engage with us on what they thought they were seeing in their investigation.

Friendly reminder, good old Bobby himself lost a sexual harassment law suit 10 years ago.

He also was mentioned in Epstein’s black book.

None of this shocks me in the slightest.

Bobby Kotick…most punchable face in the gaming industry.

Reddit post, grain of salt.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh.

Unless they’re lesbians, not sure what that means. Were women harassing women also? Or were husbands bragging to their wives about that poor behavior? Seems unlikely.

For every person doing the harassing, there are many who are also present, who don’t - or don’t dare - speak up. Those people have wives too.

Then there are also company get-together, colleagues coming over, etc. Word will always get around.

That response from Activision is some next-level BS. Though it handily explains how things could have been allowed to get so bad.

I’d imagine that husbands talk to their wives sometimes. About work even.

Unless you’re suggesting that 100% of Blizzard employees are scum and not a person working there isn’t a troglodyte.

Edit: Also she did work with them, so it’s not like she wasn’t probably seeing it first hand.

Ahh, that makes sense, sure. Whenever I see “X wives” I assume it’s about their spouses being mistreated, which isn’t necessarily true.

Remember EA Spouse? She didn’t work for EA. She almost single-handedly changed EA after the mainstream media covered her.

I’m shocked. And I bet Kaplan is involved too. He was Furor’s BFF right? Tigole Bitties. Seems like a guy who respects and values women.

I’m sure these guys are crying themselves to sleep in shame under their money blanket.

Yes, that was about her spouse being mistreated.

There’s no need to speculate, if the other guy behaved poorly he would be named also. He picked that handle when he was a kid.

Sounds like a (small?) wave of folks are already unsubbing from WoW over this. Combined with the recent uptick in FFXIV interest, the apparent disdain for the recent WoW patch(es)… yikes. Camel’s back, straws, etc.

blizzard has not shame, this is horrible, I never imagined something like this so fucked up

He’s older than me. He was 28 when Everquest came out.

I mean, it was a name in an MMO, I’m not gonna hold it against him that much at the end of the day, but he joined Blizzard in 2002. Guys in their 30’s aren’t “kids” by any metric. That Blizzard said: “Yeah call yourself Tigole Bitties, it’s fine,” says more about them at the end of the day. It was his official moniker on their forums for as long as he was there. He left Blizzard this April.

Blizzard is just going to shift over more to China and deplorable-types for their fanbase.