Acitivision Blizzard in Major Trouble due to Constant Sexual Harassment of Employees

Employees of Activision Blizzard walked out today to protest the company’s response to California’s sexual harassment and workplace discrimination lawsuit. Blizzard is one of the main studios in the center of the harassment allegations, and it has encouraged its employees to attend the walkout and that they would not face repercussions for doing so. In fact, Blizzard has offered paid time off for the duration.

According to the lawsuit by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), Blizzard Entertainment (and owner Activision Blizzard) operate a culture of “constant sexual harassment” and gender-based discrimination, and alleges that top executives were aware and some are even involved in the culture.

For example, the female employees confirmed that working at Activision Blizzard felt like working in a frat house, as male employees often engaged in drinking at their cubicles, calling it “cube crawls.” The male employees often came into work hung over, played video games during work and engaged in banter about sexual encounters or joked about women’s bodies, even rape.

Some male employees sexually commented and advanced on the female employees, even engaging in groping and physical touching. One female employee stated that a random male employee approached her work site and talked about her breasts. Female World of Warcraft team members reported to their supervisors advancing on them, making jokes about rape, and engage in otherwise rude behavior. These behaviors were known by the higher-ups, and on at least one occasion, the supervisor simply suggested to the employee to find a prostitute to solve his bad mood.

These were just some of the allegations; Blizzard also refused to promote women, just in case “they got pregnant.”

A former Senior Creative Director of World of Warcraft at Blizzard Entertainment also was permitted to engage in blatant sexual harassment, so much so that his suite was nicknamed the “Crosby suite.”

Blizzard responded that it did not behave in this way, and that the reports provided in the California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing were grossly distorted.

Unfortunately for Blizzard, some of the former employees have indeed confirmed the accounts provided in California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

In fact, today, Kotaku found evidence of the so-called “Crosby Suite”.

It seems that with each passing day, reality is supporting the allegations that say Blizzard is a toxic workplace for women.

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