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DFEH amends Activision Blizzard lawsuit to include contract workers, claims publisher destroyed evidence
This week, Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed an expanded anti-discrimination lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. In addition to the female full-time staff, it now includes contract workers. Moreover, DFEH alleges the publisher’s “failure to maintain and produce records.”
Footage of Tencent employees touching women’s breasts at company event resurfaces amid Activision Blizzard scandal
Tencent’s annual parties reportedly used to include disturbing activities demeaning to women, as shown in the videos that reappeared online. The company event shown in the video took place in 2017. Since then, the Chinese tech giant has apologized for the behavior seen in the footage and promised to tackle it “head-on”.
Activision Blizzard update: Frances Townsend steps down from Activision Blizzard women’s network, Overwatch League sponsors suspend partnerships with company
Activision Blizzard chief compliance officer Frances Townsend resigned from the company’s women’s network. On August 6, Kellogg and T-Mobile suspended sponsorship of the Overwatch League. Coca-Cola and State Farm are “reassessing” their partnerships with Activision Blizzard.
Activision Blizzard August 3 update: Blizzard HR head Jesse Meschuk fired, ABK Workers Alliance speaks against law firm WilmerHale, class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of investors, execs delete their Twitter accounts
Following the news of Blizzard president J. Allen Brack’s departure from the company, Activision Blizzard announced that Jesse Meschuk, Blizzard’s senior vice president of HR, also left (and took his Twitter account with him).
J. Allen Brack stepping down as Blizzard Entertainment president amid ongoing harassment scandal
On August 3, Blizzard Entertainment announced that J. Allen Brack is stepping down as the leader of the studio. After his departure, Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will co-lead the company. They will share responsibilities over game development and company operations.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot ignores offender accountability demands from employees, but cites 300 listening sessions and audit
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has made a statement in response to the open letter now signed by about 1,000 Ubisoft employees, both current and former. Guillemot reiterates commitment to “building a better Ubisoft,” but fails to address the specific demands made by the employees.
“We will be the change”: Ubisoft devs demand accountability for all offenders, Blizzard employees criticize Kotick’s message and stage walkout
Yesterday was an important day in the ongoing Activision Blizzard story. Hundreds of Ubisoft employees expressed their solidarity with those affected within Activision Blizzard. Ubisoft devs also called for structural changes at their company and across the industry. Back at Activision Blizzard, employees voiced their frustration with Bobby Kotick’s message and staged a walkout, both offline and online.
Shareholders rights law firm investigating Activision Blizzard officers and directors as company’s shares drop almost 7%
On July 27, shareholder rights law firm Robbins LLP anounced it is “investigating Activision Blizzard to determine whether certain Activision officers and directors violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and breached their fiduciary duties to the company.”
Blizzardgate chronology in case you’re struggling to keep up (Latest: Activision, Blizzard and King employees form alliance, shareholders sue company)
In case you’ve been overwhelmed by the sheer number of updates in the Activision Blizzard sex discrimation story, this will help you keep track of the latest developments.
Activision Blizzard employees to stage walkout to protest company’s response to sex discrimination allegations
Activision Blizzard employees are planning a walkout to protest the way the company is handling the recent sex discrimination allegations. The aim of the walkout is to “improve conditions for employees at the company, especially women, and in particular women of color and transgender women, nonbinary people, and other marginalized groups.”
Activision Blizzard seemingly done with apologetic memos, now pushes for strictly internal investigation, disapproves of unionization
Yesterday, on July 26, Activision Blizzard held a Zoom call which should have been company-wide but was only attended by 500 employees due a scheduling error. During tha call, Activision chief operating officer Joshua Taub reportedly claimed that neither him nor Bobby Kotick has ever seen the alleged misconduct taking place, although he did admit that “does not mean this behavior does not happen.”
Blizzard president J. Allen Brack renounces “bro culture” and canonizes Gloria Steinem in message to staff
Following this week’s sex discrimination allegations, Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack sent out an email to employees. In the letter, obtained by Jason Schreier, Brack says he will be meeting members of staff personally to discuss the situation and ways to improve.
WoW players stage virtual sit-in to protest Activision Blizzard’s culture of sex discrimination and to support Black Girls Code charity
Hundreds of World of Warcraft players took to the game’s social hub of Oribos to host a virtual sit-in protest against Activision Blizzard’s alleged “pervasive frat boy workplace culture.”
Former Blizzard dev on how Blizzard prevents its employees from going to court
With a Twitter-wide debate unfolding around the Blizzard sex descrimination lawsuit, a former employee shared what seems to be the beginning of the dispute resolution agreement new hires have to sign when joining the company.
DFEH alleges discrimination against women at Activision Blizzard. Activision Blizzard calls DFEH “unaccountable State bureaucrats”
California’s civil rights agency called Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has sued Activision Blizzard for discrimination against its female employees, who make up around 20% of the company’s entire workfore.