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More gaming layoffs after massive anti-sexist protest at game company Activision Blizzard

More gaming layoffs after massive anti-sexist protest at game company Activision Blizzard

Several hundred Activision Blizzard employees are protesting the lax attitude of their senior management.Statue of Allen J. Chapin/Getty

Three other big men at Activision Blizzard can pack up after complaints about sexism. At smaller company Respawn Entertainment, a game designer was fired after sexist and racist blog posts surfaced. The events come on the heels of a widespread protest by Blizzard employees against gender discrimination in the workplace two weeks ago.

Activision Blizzard employees protested the “frat boy” culture within the games company, making games like Call of duty in a Warcaft world Make. The position of senior management in particular has been a thorn in their side. The state of California sued the company after extensive investigations into gender discrimination, with the official immediately denying there were any problems. According to outraged employees, complaints about cross-border behavior and discrimination have swept the rug by both HR and top for years.

Bobby Kotik

Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick promised a speedy recovery. Responsible employees will be fired. The company confirmed on Wednesday that the two presidents will direct and design the yet-to-be-released game Diablo IV Sent away, plus designer from world of cans. Blizzard did not confirm whether the men were fired due to complaints of sexism.

Last week, Blizzard’s head, J. Allen Brack. He was one of the few mentioned by name in the study. Barak is said to have ignored many complaints about infringing behaviour, discrimination and retaliation. These included complaints about Alex Afrasiabe, who was fired last year, the creative director at world of canswho was known to harass women. His hotel room was renamed “Cosby Suite” during BlizzCon in 2013, after actor Bill Cosby, who was later convicted of assault.

Initially, those involved denied that the nickname referred to Bill Cosby and his misdeeds, but soon pictures of Blizzard staff members smiling widely along with a photo of the actor in the suite was a sign that some thought it was a funny idea in that suite that may have assaulted women . Gaming website Kotaku found screenshots of conversations from that time, posted publicly on Facebook, in which Afrasiabi and his co-workers brag about all the “hot chixx” they’ll bring to the booth.

Discrimination on the basis of sex and racism

Old Internet messages also killed an American Respawn Entertainment employee. Daniel Klein, Senior Designer Apex LegendsHe confirmed his resignation on Friday. On Twitter, Klein’s blog posts from 2007 (then in his late twenties and not yet working in the gaming industry) called the XX chromosome a ‘lagging chromosome’ and writes of his African neighbors: ‘I sometimes give them breadcrumbs. If you feed them, they will come back and toss the whole place.

Sexism in the gaming world has a long history. At BlizzCon Games 2010, a woman world of cansOne fan laughed in front of a house crowded by the creators when she asked why all the female characters looked like they came out of her lingerie catalog. In 2014, public complaints from women in the gaming world about sexual assault, gender discrimination and misogyny led to Gamergate, a widespread misogyny campaign.

Meanwhile, Riot Games, the manufacturer of League of Legends, also accused of sex discrimination by the state of California – the case is still pending. At French Ubisoft, heads turned back last year when complaints of infringing behavior surfaced. Meanwhile, Daniel Klein tweeted that he regrets the blog posts coming up because he has “worked hard” to grow as a person. It is believed that the publications were sought to harm him.

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