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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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  • Google Countersuing Epic Games

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    Google Countersuing Epic Games

    Fight fight fight.

    Google is now fighting back against Epic Games as part of the ongoing antitrust litigation between the two companies. A new countersuit was filed by Google against Epic Games and focuses on something called Project Liberty. Project Liberty is the name given to the 2020 plan from Epic that had them adding an alternate payment method to the Android and iOS versions of Fortnite.

    This meant that users could bypass paying Apple or Google for purchases made...
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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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  • Quantic Dream Wins One Libel Lawsuit, Loses Another

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    Quantic Dream Wins One Libel Lawsuit, Loses Another

    All because Le Monde would not give up the anonymity of its sources.

    Quantic Dream's David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière, the leaders of Quantic Dream, have successfully sued the French newspaper Le Monde for libel. The outlet had initially claimed that work environment within Quantic Dream was toxic and employees were suffering as a result of alleged toxicity. The reports said that the studio forced crunch on employees and harbored a schoolboy culture that included sexist and...
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  • Marty O'Donnell Charged with Contempt of Court

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    Marty O'Donnell Charged with Contempt of Court

    The former Bungie composer now owes the studio tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees.

    Former Bungie composer Mary O'Donnell has been found in contempt of court after it was found that he was using Destiny music assets. This use of assets from Destiny broke the terms of a 2015 lawsuit between himself and Bungie. As a result of this ruling, O'Donnell now has to pay tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees to Bungie.

    According to Eurogamer, O'Donnell had uploaded videos...
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  • Twitch is Suing Two Users Over Orchestrating Hate Raids

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    Twitch is Suing Two Users Over Orchestrating Hate Raids

    When simply banning them isn't enough.

    Twitch is taking the fight against users involved in the recent hate raids to court. The company is suing two users for their part in the hate raids that have targeted marginalized streamers. WIRED reports that Twitch filed the lawsuits on Thursday, September 9 in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

    The lawsuit has been filed against Twitch users Cruzzcontrol and CreatineOverdose. Twitch believes that these...
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  • Epic vs. Apple Verdict is a Huge Win for Apple

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    Epic vs. Apple Verdict is a Huge Win for Apple

    Epic really came away from this one empty-handed.

    The judge in the Epic vs. Apple lawsuit has finally issued a ruling. Despite what a number of outlets seem to be saying, today's ruling really isn't a win for Epic Games. In fact, it's more of a win for Apple when you take everything into account.

    In short, Epic lost on all but one count. Epic had wanted the judge to say that Apple was a monopoly, forcing it to lower its fees to below the industry standard 30% cut. Neither...
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  • Take-Two Files Lawsuit Against Team that Reversed Engineered GTA 3 and Vice City

    Take-Two is suing a group that reverse engineered the source code for Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City.

    Take-Two has filed a lawsuit in California that is targeting 14 developers from all over the world that have been working together on what is known as the re3 project. This project has reverse engineered the source code for Grand Theft Auto 3 and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The project also made some improvements to the original games including bug fixes, a better camera, better...
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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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