Activision Blizzard sued: News on California lawsuit, walkout, etc.
Activision Blizzard, the maker of massive titles like Call of Duty, World of warcraft, Diablo and Candy Crush, is the subject of a lawsuit filed in July by California that alleges the company fostered a “ubiquitous ‘frat boy’ work culture” with “constant sexual harassment” by its employees. The civil lawsuit, filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing after a two-year investigation, includes complaints of gender discrimination, unequal pay, sexual harassment and other violations of state civil rights laws .
The lawsuit kicked off a toll within Activision Blizzard and across the gaming industry, with hundreds of Activision Blizzard employees participating in a walkout in late July to protest the company’s initial response at trial and demand changes from management. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has finally released a new statement calling the company’s original comments “deaf” and pledging to implement sweeping changes. One of the first major came on August 3, when Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack – who is named in the lawsuit as a facilitator of an alleged stalker at the studio – resigned from his role.
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