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The Activision Blizzard Harassment Suit Feels Painfully Familiar

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Gaming behemoth Activision Blizzard is the most recent sport firm to face scrutiny for allegedly fostering a tradition of sexism. A California Department of Fair Employment and Housing swimsuit filed Wednesday alleges rampant sexual harassment and discrimination in opposition to Activision Blizzard’s feminine staff. The swimsuit’s highlight on Activision Blizzard’s buildings and techniques are painfully much like these uncovered by lawsuits and exposés round Riot Games and Ubisoft from the final a number of years.

The video games business’s reckoning with office inequality has been underway for years. Leading firms have been gradual, even reticent, to reply for his or her reportedly discriminatory cultures, in some instances architecting fortresses of asylum round their extra problematic staff and techniques. Activision Blizzard has the chance to set a special tone. As of now, it appears unlikely to.

The video games business is notoriously male-dominated, and has lengthy had a repute for hostility to girls. The 29-page DFEH criticism follows a two-year investigation into Activision Blizzard—writer of high-profile titles like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch—and incorporates hair-raising allegations of misconduct, from harassment by high executives to so-called “cube crawls,” through which male staff would reportedly “drink copious amounts of alcohol as they ‘crawl’ their way through various cubicles in the office and often engage in inappropriate behavior toward female employees.” It describes a tradition through which double requirements prevented girls from advancing and even remaining on the firm; throughout the board, it says, girls obtain much less pay than males for “substantially similar work.” The company alleges that feminine staff obtain a decrease beginning pay than males and are promoted extra slowly. Only 24 % of Activision Blizzard’s practically 10,000 staff are girls, and high management is sort of totally white and male.

In this “frat boy” tradition, the criticism reads, males “proudly” got here to work hungover, delegated duties to girls whereas they performed video games like Call of Duty, overtly mentioned sexual encounters, and even joked about rape. The criticism additionally alleges that staff and even executives sexually harassed feminine staff with out repercussions. It states {that a} feminine worker who might have skilled sexual harassment at work—together with an occasion when coworkers at a celebration allegedly shared an intimate picture of her—later dedicated suicide. (In a press release, Activision Blizzard says, “We are sickened by the reprehensible conduct of the DFEH to drag into the complaint the tragic suicide of an employee whose passing has no bearing whatsoever on this case and with no regard for her grieving family.”)

“We value diversity and strive to foster a workplace that offers inclusivity for everyone,” an Activision Blizzard spokesperson stated in a press release. “There is no place in our company or industry, or any industry, for sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind. We take every allegation seriously and investigate all claims. In cases related to misconduct, action was taken to address the issue.” The firm says it has made an effort over the past a number of years to bolster range, together with serving to staff report violations, including a confidential hotline, and instituting a crew to research employees’ issues. Activision Blizzard claims that the DFEH criticism contains “distorted, and in many cases false, descriptions of Blizzard’s past.”

The DFEH is asking for reduction for compensatory and punitive damages, unpaid wages, and attorneys charges. Citing the continued investigation, the division declined to answer WIRED’s request for remark.

The Activision Blizzard revelations echo these round Riot Games in 2018 and Ubisoft in 2020. Just as gaming tradition at massive has been gradual to embrace girls and minorities, gaming firms beforehand accused of fostering cultures of sexism have been gradual to evolve.

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