Content Disclaimer: Please note that the following article and related sources touch on topics such as discrimination, sexual harassment and assault, and suicide.
Legal action has been filed against Activision Blizzard, Inc., owners of Diablo, Overwatch and MMORPGs World of Warcraft maker Blizzard Entertainment, which alleges diverse and consistent incidents of discrimination and misconduct in the workplace, with a “frat boy” culture prevalent in its Irvine-based subsidiary.
As Bloomberg Law reported, the complaint was filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, a “state agency charged with investigating and prosecuting civil rights claims,” and alleges a “culture of the systemic and ubiquitous workplace that continues to thrive ”Blizzard Entertainment.
The allegations are far-reaching and include “blatant sexual harassment” of female employees, “including constantly having to push back against unwanted sexual comments and advances from male colleagues and supervisors and being tampered with.”
According to the 29-page dossier, “executives and creators engage in blatant sexual harassment without repercussions” and “women are subjected to” cube crawls “in which male employees drink copious amounts of alcohol while” crawling around “. “Through various cubicles in the office and often adopt inappropriate behavior towards employees”.
The file contains other disturbing allegations involving discrimination based on sex and race, derogatory comments, demeaning behavior and suicide. He alleges that although complaints have been filed internally at the company – including to Blizzard President J. Allen Brack himself – “the defendants have failed to take effective corrective action in response to these complaints.” .
Activision Blizzard issued a statement to The Verge responding to the allegations and disputing the allegations.
The video game giant isn’t the only company struggling with workplace harassment. Allegations of misconduct centered around leadership and work culture at Ubisoft prompted CEO Yves Guillemot to release a video apology statement last year, and a recent complaint filed in France once again accuses the co-founder and the company of “institutional harassment”.