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  • As Expected, Activision Blizzard is Looking to Weasel Way Out of California Lawsuit

    The game studio has requested additional time in order to investigate potential ethics violations.

    Activision Blizzard has just requested for additional time in their legal battle against the California Department of Fair and Equal Housing. The studio says that they need time in order to investigate and possibly disqualify the lawsuit that was brought on by the DFEH back in July 2021. This request stems from a potential ethics violation that sprung up from its other legal battle that...
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  • Activision Blizzard Lawsuits Hit a Major Snag

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    Activision Blizzard Lawsuits Hit a Major Snag

    There may be a conflict of interests that are muddying the waters.

    Stick with me on this, because this is probably going to be a little confusing. At the end of September 2021, Activision Blizzard settled a lawsuit brought on by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for the lowly amount of $18 million (USD). This lawsuit would be used to "compensate and make amends" for employees impacted by the rampant sexual discrimination and harassment that has been...
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  • Activision Blizzard Settles Equal Employment Lawsuit for Just $18 Million

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    Activision Blizzard Settles Equal Employment Lawsuit for Just $18 Million

    Stop me if you've heard this one before.

    Original: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is now suing Activision Blizzard over its alleged rampant sexual harassment and discrimination. The lawsuit was filed today, Monday September 27, 2021 in a California court. This lawsuit is based off of a three-year long investigation by the EEOC into the workplace conditions that have now become very well known amongst the general public.

    The investigation is said...
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    Last edited by Shawn Zipay; 09-27-2021, 07:03 PM. Reason: Updated to include settlement information.

  • Blizzard Chief Legal Officer Quits

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    Blizzard Chief Legal Officer Quits

    Claire Hart has stepped away from the company as it faces multiple legal battles.

    Blizzard's chief legal officer Claire Hart has resigned from the company right as they are in the midst of several legal battles. The announcement came via LinkedIn on Monday. Hart says that her final day with the company was Friday, September 17.

    Hart parts ways with Blizzard after being there for three years. Prior to that, she worked for Google for roughly a decade. A reason for her departure...
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  • SEC Now Investigating Activision Blizzard

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    SEC Now Investigating Activision Blizzard

    Bobby Kotick has been subpoenaed.

    The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched an investigation into Activision Blizzard. The government agency will be looking into how Activision Blizzard has handled, or mishandled, the numerous cases of sexual harassment, toxic workplace environments, abuse, and discrimination.

    This comes after the state of California sued Activision Blizzard in July over the aforementioned allegations, and then later expanded...
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  • Blizzard is Changing McCree's Name in Overwatch

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    Blizzard is Changing McCree's Name in Overwatch

    Change is coming for the character named after a sexual predator.

    Blizzard just announced that they will be changing the in-game name of Jesse McCree in Overwatch and the upcoming Overwatch 2. Jesse McCree was named after the real-world former Blizzard employee of the same name. It just so happens that the real-world McCree was one of the people involved in the now infamous Cosby Suite. This is where McCree along with several other Blizzard higher-ups referred to a 2013 BlizzCon suite...
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  • California Expands Lawsuit Against Activision Blizzard to Include Temporary Workers

    The state of California also says the studio interfered with its investigation.

    California has just expanded its lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The state's Department of Fair Employment and Housing are now adding in temporary workers to the full-time female employees that they are already representing in the lawsuit. The state also claims that Activision Blizzard actively interfered with their investigation.

    This new report comes from Axios, whom have seen a copy...
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  • Diablo 2: Resurrected Open Beta Begins this Weekend

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    Diablo 2: Resurrected Open Beta Begins this Weekend

    The beta will open up to everyone.

    The closed beta period for Diablo 2: Resurrected has already come and gone. However, a new open beta is almost ready to begin. This beta will be available to everyone, regardless if they pre-purchased the game or not.

    This open beta will offer access to five out of seven classes and the first two acts of the game. The five available classes include the Amazon, Barbarian, Sorceress, Druid, and Paladin. Only the Assassin and Necromancer...
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  • More of Blizzard's 'Frat Boy' Culture Revealed in New Report

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    More of Blizzard's 'Frat Boy' Culture Revealed in New Report

    The toxic culture extends far into Blizzard's past but the merger with Activision just made it worse.

    A new report from Bloomberg has uncovered even more details about the "frat boy" like culture that has been festering for years at Activision Blizzard. This includes an incident from 2018 involving then Blizzard chief information officer Derrick Ingalls. While addressing the departure of chief technology officer Ben Kilgore, Ingalls made a crude joke about having sex with...
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  • Bobby Kotick Claims 'People will be Held Responsible for Their Actions'

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    Bobby Kotick Claims 'People will be Held Responsible for Their Actions'

    What about Bobby's actions? Who will hold him accountable?

    Activision Blizzard shared their Q2 2021 financial results today with the public. During the earnings call, Activision Blizzard said that they had a "commitment to a safe working environment." They also promised that they would take "swift action to ensure a safe and welcoming work environment for all employees."

    Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said that "people will be held accountable...
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  • Activision Blizzard Now Also Being Sued by an Investor

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    Activision Blizzard Now Also Being Sued by an Investor

    Company now being sued for not disclosing harassment, leading to inflated stock prices.

    Activision Blizzard is now also being sued by an investor. As of Tuesday, August 3, an investor told federal securities fraud claims in Los Angeles that the company kept investors and shareholders in the dark about an ongoing investigation into its toxic workplace culture. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. This suit not only targets the company...
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  • Activision Blizzard Employees Form an 'Alliance' and Denounce the Law Firm Hired by the Company

    One step closer to unionizing.

    A group of employees from a number of Activision Blizzard studios have joined together to form what they are calling the ABK Workers Alliance. This group has sent a joint letter to Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and the executive leadership team within the company. This letter openly criticizes the law firm, WilmerHale, that Activision Blizzard management have hired to serve as a third-party auditor for the company.

    The letter, provided...
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  • Blizzard President J. Allen Brack is Leaving the Company

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    Blizzard President J. Allen Brack is Leaving the Company

    He's leaving to "pursue new opportunities."

    Blizzard president J. Allen Brack has officially stepped down just a couple of weeks after he was named and shamed as part of a larger Activision Blizzard lawsuit. The lawsuit specifically named Brack as one of the numerous people involved in the widespread sexual harassment and discrimination happening within the company.

    Official confirmation of Brack's departure came via the Blizzard website. The statement notes...
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  • Activision Blizzard Hires Known Union-Busting Firm

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    Activision Blizzard Hires Known Union-Busting Firm

    Game developers need to unionize.

    Earlier this week, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick sent out an internal email that said the company would be reviewing policies and procedures in order to help promote a more inclusive workplace. This came after the company was sued by the state of California following a two-year long investigation into multiple cases of sexual harassment and discrimination. However, this email from Kotick came just prior to details being shared publicly about...
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  • A Look Inside Blizzard Developers' Disgusting 'Cosby Suite'

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    A Look Inside Blizzard Developers' Disgusting 'Cosby Suite'

    It's real and it's perhaps worse than you could have ever imagined.

    Last week, Activision Blizzard was sued by the state of California after the state conducted a two-year long investigation and found countless cases of sexual harassment and discrimination at the company. Included in the legal filing by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing was a mention of the "Cosby Suite."

    Today, while Blizzard employees were staging a walkout in support...
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