As revealed yesterday that The state of California is suing Activision-Blizzard in a 29-page complaint alleging a serious form of sexual harassment and discrimination. leading to the death of a Blizzard employee (among many other things), you may be wondering what you can do do about it. If you’ve read our comments, you know that many MMO players are finding that it’s Blizzard’s last straw for them, especially because of its longstanding popularity. World of Warcraft the developer named in the complaint; some of our readers are giving up the game, looking for other games to play, deleting the game, canceling their subscription or even canceling Diablo II resurrected pre-orders. (My spouse is currently shopping for one.) Overwatch instead, so I feel you.)
But if you’ve prepaid a subscription and you feel strongly about it, you can join a protest inside. OH no. As first reported by Polygon, role-playing guild Macabre fence of the Moon Guard and the Wyrmrest Accord held a sit-in this afternoon to protest “the unethical treatment of employees at Activision-Blizzard.” The guild is also fundraising for the non-profit Black Girls CODE and is inviting “sub-locked players” – those who have paid their sub – to join them. We guess this won’t be the last time players have expressed anger over the allegations in the lawsuit. If you’re going to get in trouble, create good trouble.
Meanwhile, on the Blizzard game subreddits, moderators released a general statement condemning Blizzard’s behavior. It is signed by mods of r/wow, r/overwatch, r/hearthstone, r/starcraft, r/heroofthestorm, r/diablo, r/warcraft3, r/classicwow, r/woweconomy, r/competitionHS and r/ Blizzard . This is quote from OH extra:
“As moderators of subreddits for Activision Blizzard games, we vehemently condemn the sexual harassment and hostile work environment alleged in the recent lawsuit between Activision Blizzard and the state California. We will not moderate this topic on our subreddits. We do not service Activision Blizzard; we are unpaid volunteers with no affiliation with the company. Above all, we serve our individual community and we believe this is an important discussion to have.
Having said that, discussion around this topic still needs to follow the rules of our subreddits. Victim blaming, sexism and harassment of others will not be tolerated. We will try to keep the discussion merged with the existing main topic for convenience and visibility.
“We stand with the victims of this situation, and we hope that this case is resolved in such a way that justice is served to those who deserve it.
“We urge Activision Blizzard to address these issues appropriately and thoroughly. As a group of moderators, we are deeply saddened by these events and the hostile work environment they create. We strive to make our community inclusive and safe for all, and urge Activision Blizzard to take steps to demonstrate that they are doing the same. “
While our article yesterday addressed public statements from several women who observed or were victims of abuse at Blizzard, OH The subreddit has compiled an even larger list of Blizzard developers who have provided testimonials on the subject.. I counted 28 current and former employees.
Fence Macabre encourages all sub-locked players to join us on Thursday, July 22 at 9am PST at Idyllia Steps, Oribos.
Anchor Alliance: Vicaire-WyrmrestAccord
Horde Anchor: Loira-WyrmrestAccord
– Fence Macabre Caravan (@fencemacabre) July 22, 2021
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