The World of Warcraft team released an official statement. They discussed recent events including the removal of some in-game references from offending parts of the game. The team wanted to put forth some kind of statement that would represent the sentiments of the team behind World of Warcraft.
The team admits that they have been full of sadness, anger, and pain in the process. They also want to try and resolve the issues. omen who have come forward sharing their experiences. The team of World of Warcraft stands committed to taking action to make sure there is an inclusive, welcoming, and safe environment for both employees and the players in Azeroth.
The leadership on the World of Warcraft team understands they should not judge nor is it their place to do so when they’ve achieved their goals. They do understand that the team and community need to let them know when they still have more to do and that they understand they do have their work ahead of them.
The World of Warcraft team is going to work to protect groups and hold people accountable who threaten the marginalized groups. They will also be taking action to remove references in Azeroth that are not appropriate for our world. These actions should be immediate as they work to make those changes in both Shadowlands and Classic.
They recognize in order to rebuild trust, they must earn it with their actions. This will take time, but the team shares the same vision as the community. They would like to create a place where all genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and backgrounds can thrive.
References to be Removed
It is unsure as to what references will be removed, however, the community has speculated that some references to Alex Afrasiabi, who was named in the lawsuit could be removed. There are 2 NPCs related to him and a couple of items in reference to him as well.
On top of all this, there was a walk-out protest announced at Blizzard Entertainment today. The purpose of this protest is to push back against the leadership’s response to the lawsuit. They will also be hoping for a change in things at the workplace. This protest will be happening tomorrow from 10 am to 2 pm PST. What changes do you think will be seen both online and in the workplace?