The California Division of Truthful Employment and Housing’s lawsuit towards Activision Blizzard confirmed the world a couple of darker aspect of the famed online game firm. However for a lot of former staff (significantly ladies), the corporate’s flaws have been obvious years earlier than they have been revealed to the public–and Activision Blizzard’s response to the lawsuit solely served to drive extra of them away.
These are simply among the revelations from a collection of interviews PC Gamer’s Tyler Wilde performed with former Activision Blizzard staff, all of whom cooperated with the DFEH because the company ready its lawsuit. A few of their tales will likely be acquainted to anybody who’s dug into the DFEH’s allegations, however what’s moreover regarding is how the corporate’s fumbling response for the remainder of 2021 did further hurt to staff on the firm.
One worker named “Violet” pointed to Activision Blizzard government Fran Townsend’s preliminary memo that said the DFEH lawsuit “introduced a distorted and unfaithful” image of the corporate (it was later revealed that stated memo was really drafted by CEO Bobby Kotick).
Violet informed PC Gamer that it felt like she and different ladies have been being labeled as “liars” by administration. She made plans instantly to give up the corporate. She had beforehand skilled sexual harassment at Blizzard Leisure, and had filed a grievance towards a supervisor for making rape jokes in a big assembly.
Stated supervisor was not disciplined, and apparently tried to search out out who had filed a grievance towards him. Like different staff, Violet stated she didn’t belief Activision Blizzard’s human assets division, since their workers members may typically be discovered at many alcohol-fueled events the place alleged abusers dedicated their worst deeds.
Tales from different former Blizzard staff add gas to the allegations that the corporate knew about and did little to stop a booze-fueled tradition of toxicity, verbal abuse, and sexual harassment.
However Violet’s story stands out not only for what she skilled earlier than the DFEH lawsuit, however after–and the way it exhibits how Kotick and firm’s blundering, defensive response to this disaster appears to be inflicting extra hurt, and is costing the corporate precious expertise.