There is currently a lawsuit against Blizzard for Sexual Harassment and discrimination. The senior system designer for World of Warcraft says that there is currently no production on the game. This is due to the ongoing lawsuit.
This does not benefit the players, developers, or shareholders by putting the game’s future development on hold. There is no word on if this will delay 9.1.5 or 9.2. What does this mean for the future?
There are players who are already boycotting Blizzard games and cutting wow subscriptions. There are even players who have stood by Blizzard as well. Will this end WoW? This article will contain a Trigger Warning due to some disturbing content listed.
The allegations against Blizzard Entertainment and its owner, Activision Blizzard, have created a culture of constant sexual harassment and discrimination against females. The claims state that top executives were either aware or even involved. Some females stated that working for the company was like being in a frat house.
One of the tamer allegations we have seen was that male employees held cube crawls. The men would be drinking and subjecting female co-workers to sexual harassment with no repercussion. These were common and males proudly came into work hungover. Men would even play video games during work, discuss their sexual encounters, talk about female bodies and openly joke about rape.
Frat Boy Culture
Women became subjected to numerous advances and unwanted sexual comments, unwanted physical touching, and other forms of harassment. One employee said that random male employees would comment about her breasts. Male employees and supervisors would hit on them, make derogatory comments about rape and engage in demeaning behavior. Supervisors were aware of the behavior and even became encouraged by them.
Higher Ups Named
The president of Blizzard is aware of the behavior as well as enabling the behavior. A former CTO of Blizzard was also observed by employees groping female employees at company events. The former Senior Creative Director of World of Warcraft had no repercussions for the sexual harassment he bestowed upon women at the company. He would hit on females, tell them he wanted to marry them, attempt to kiss them, and put his arms around them.
Other male employees, including supervisors, had to intervene and pull him off, female employees. he would also engage in harassment of females that his suite was nicknamed “the Crosby suite” after the alleged rapist, Bill Crosby. These allegations against the company we’ve all grown to love or hate are absolutely horrible, however, the recent development that World of Warcraft’s production is basically halted brings a shock and curiosity to the current players.
What do you think? Will this kill World of Warcraft?