Activision Blizzard Sued Over ‘Frat Boy’ Culture, Harassment

Video game giant Activision Blizzard Inc., maker of games including World of Warcraft and Diablo, fosters a “frat boy” culture in which female employees are subjected to constant sexual harassment, unequal pay, and retaliation, according to a lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

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Sonic-and-Crash57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

nice ...if your always developing crap games while having tons of money, smhting is wrong from the inside too.........let them start sink ....COD was never a quality thing.. ...we need that Crash and Spyro franchises be sold elsewhere ..

Vengeance113856d ago

This will do absolutely nothing. Ubisoft had the same thing happen and here we are with nothing having changed.

LucasRuinedChildhood56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

I think this one is more likely to result in something. The lawsuit was filed by the state (California Department of Fair Employment and Housing), and it's hard for them to deny misconduct.

A female employee committed suicide on a company trip because of a huge amount of sexual harassment. Her male supervisor was in an inappropriate sexual relationship with her and a picture of her vagina was shared between colleagues at a company party before she died. It's a shocking case.

ArmorOfGod55d ago (Edited 55d ago )

I actually loathe Activision and never buy their games so I’m not here as a fanboy but one guy at Activision doing something awful does not warrant a lawsuit against an entire company. This lawsuit is more “#MeToo” era, feminists abusing HR policies to try and reshape the world to their liking. And yes, the California Department Of Fair Employment is FILLED with feminists.
The other women involved in this case have weak stories that essentially sum up to “I didn’t get my way and that hurt my feelings” or “I hate men and so therefore when men did things that were inherently male, like talk about Esports or hardcore gaming, it felt sexist and exclusionary to me. Men need to stop acting like men.”

Mikeyy56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

Is this website becoming unusable for anybody else on mobile? It's trying to load so many damn ads the pages freeze up, and when I press on a link it press somewhere else instead, presumably because the damn ads have the whole page put out of alignment. It's getting irritating.

Note 20 ultra Samsung browser.

franwex56d ago

Yeah. I’m on iPhone and sometimes it craps on me. Or reloads the page randomly.

Inverno56d ago

The ads on mobile have been taking up screen space for a few months now. I recommend a browser with AdBlock because I don't think they're going to fix it any time soon

Darkborn56d ago

I have a Samsung S21 + with Google Chrome and it still stutters and freezes up like you said. There are so many ads and sometimes the ad that makes a box around the whole screen freezes it seems like and breaks the page.

franwex56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

Passing nudes at a party? Damn! That is messed up. How did they get the nudes anyway?

The rest of the article seems a little exaggerated. Men get drunk and crawl around desks? Ok? I’m sure women can partake in that too if they feel left out…

What gets me about these lawsuits is how they complain about not feeling included in a more male dominated workplace. But yet women tend to ignore that if they works in a female dominated work place-most men get excluded too.

Example: at work I’m mostly surrounded by women. All they talk about is gossip, social media, celebrities, children, make up, food, etc. Nothing that I can participate in-additionally I have other tasks due to being a man like: changing the water jug, getting things from a high place, fixing equipment etc.

I would never ever force them to “include” me. I feel it’s a little selfish to demand it.

Sayai jin56d ago

Maybe they don't eant to partake in a unprofessional workplace.

This doesn't have to be what-aboutisms. These people have reported, not complained, about workplace harrasement.

gamer780456d ago

Sometimes you have to stand up for yourself and others by either sticking your neck out and saying something or finding another job. I’ve done that myself due to some unprofessional coworkers.

franwex56d ago

You’re right. I guess the comment did come out a bit ranty.

The abuse like the passing of nudes is terrible.

The whole getting drunk and crawling around desk aspect is a bit of a stretch though. Do men at Blizzard actively do this tho? It wasn’t a one time thing by one guy? Cmon?

LucasRuinedChildhood56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

"Passing nudes at a party? Damn! That is messed up. How did they get the nudes anyway?"

This is a very tame response considering the part of the article it came from. We're talking about a girl who committed suicide because of harassment.

"The suit also points to a female Activision employee who ***took her own life*** while on a company trip with her male supervisor. The employee had been subjected to intense sexual harassment prior to her death, including having nude photos passed around at a company holiday party, the complaint says."

Lads, for serious topics we need to properly read articles before posting comments. This dead girl's family members could stumble on these comments. C'mon. Here's extra information about this from another article:

"A female employee died by suicide on a company trip. The lawsuit alleges this was “due to a sexual relationship she had been having with her male supervisor,” who was found by police to have brought sex toys to the trip. Additionally, it was cited the female employee had previously faced intense sexual harassment at work, including an incident where a photo of her genitals was passed around by male employees at a holiday party."

I also don't understand why your comment is about forced inclusion. Nothing like that is included in this lawsuit or the article. Quote where you're even getting that idea from.

franwex56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

From the article Blizzard issued a statement: so quote from a quote:

“We value diversity and strive to foster a workplace that offers inclusivity for everyone.”

I haven’t seen anyone here make fun of her suicide.

LucasRuinedChildhood56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

I knew that's where you got it from. Lad, you're quoting PR from Blizzard and not anything from the lawsuit itself (you criticized the lawsuit), and you left out the most important part of that statement.

"We value diversity and strive to foster a workplace that offers inclusivity for everyone. ***There is no place in our company or industry, or any industry, for sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind.***"

That's not about forced inclusion. It's inclusivity, as in, it's a safe environment for women to work in with "no sexual misconduct or harassment of any kind" as stated. How is that a "selfish" demand? That wasn't a fair characterization and you know it.

I'm not trying to insult you, btw. I don't believe you were aware of the suicide when you commented, and I doubt that you now believe that these are selfish demands. You skimmed the article and repeated a general opinion you already had about inclusivity because you saw the word.

The problem is that a lot of people saw your comment, upvoted it because it confirmed their beliefs, and ultimately got the wrong information. They have no clue about the suicide and many details from the case and now think it's about forced inclusion. This case could have changed their minds a bit. Another commenter just responded to the summary and wrote "Even a 'you look nice today' can pass as sexual harassment" which is very dismissive when you consider the details of this case. He had no idea about the suicide.

franwex55d ago

I think you were pretty perturbed by her suicide.

I’m not trying to victim shame, and it is tragic, and even if there were other factors that contributed to it and the abuse at work was the final straw-at this point it’s irrelevant and I think it slightly misses the point.

The point of the lawsuit is that Activison has a frat boy culture. Which seems exaggerated-but hey-whatever helps with the lawsuit.

To me is that individual should’ve come to the realization that they weren’t the right fit-and should’ve moved on-not endured. Again, it’s just my personal opinion in the matter. I don’t work at Activison, or know the victim and I don’t care about upvotes that confirm biases. I do appreciate you being curt and letting me know your point of view and you bring up very good points.

XxINFERNUSxX56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

I sure hope they get a big fat chunk of change out of that lawsuit. Fuck Activision Blizzard Inc., Used to be awesome now, I wouldn't even bat an eye if they went out of business. The women should band together and get revenge on them after work hours. Plan something sinister.

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