The fallout from the sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit in opposition to Activision-Blizzard simply retains on dropping.
Yesterday, extra sponsors of the Overwatch League pulled help from the esports big. Kellogg told Polygon that it “is not going to be shifting ahead with any new packages this yr, however will proceed to evaluate progress made in opposition to [Blizzard’s] plans.” Kellogg owns Cheez-It and Pringles, that means these logos have now been faraway from the associate web site.
Beforehand, we’d reported on the actions of sponsors T-Mobile, Coca-Cola, and State Farm, every of which had made efforts to pause promoting and sponsorship actions and granted statements making their place recognized. IBM hasn’t made any statements however does appear to have halted ads.
In different phrases, OWL is working out of sponsors due to this scandal. Earlier this week, a Blizzard VP denied the still-circulating rumor that OWL was planning to take a year-long hiatus.
In the meantime, Polygon has up one other piece digging into Activision-Blizzard’s forgotten staff – the QA testers and customer support reps – who’re simply as sad with the corporate’s “poisonous” tradition. In a report that’s not in contrast to the tales that surfaced final summer season, staff and contractors mentioned a toxic tradition of shifting contract work that makes it inconceivable to construct a profession, absurdly lengthy hours and low pay, crunch intervals that went on for weeks, abuse from avid gamers, and an surroundings the place “higher-ups usually emphasised to them that ‘actual’ builders are extra necessary and that QA staff are simply replaceable.”
And the employees made clear that it isn’t only a Blizzard drawback; staff pointed to Activision video games – sure, Name of Obligation – and help facilities too.
“Activision Blizzard staff advised Polygon that management in Texas and Minnesota have been positioning the lawsuit and its alleged poisonous tradition as an issue particular solely to Blizzard Leisure, which is cited often within the courtroom paperwork. However staff from different studios advised Polygon that’s not true: The issues are in all aspects of the corporate, and contracted staff in each QA and customer support say they really feel weak because of the lack of job stability.”
https://massivelyop.com/2021/08/13/overwatch-league-loses-more-sponsors-as-workers-expose-activision-blizzards-toxic-culture/ | Overwatch League loses extra sponsors as staff expose Activision-Blizzard’s poisonous tradition