Blizzard has promised to take away content material “not acceptable for” World of Warcraft, probably in response to in-game references to artistic director Alex Afrasiabi. This announcement comes after a brief interval of silence following the publication of a California state lawsuit towards the corporate, which alleges Activision Blizzard fostered a pervasive atmosphere of harassment towards its feminine staff.
“The previous days have been a time of reflection for the World of Warcraft group, spent in dialog and contemplation, filled with disappointment, ache, and anger, but additionally hope and resolve,” the assertion says. “As we heed the courageous ladies who’ve come ahead to share their experiences, we stand dedicated to taking the actions essential to make sure we’re offering an inclusive, welcoming, and secure atmosphere each for our group and for our gamers in Azeroth.”
Afrasiabi was named within the go well with as a very heinous offender within the Activision Blizzard company construction. His workplace was allegedly nicknamed the “Crosby Suite” (probably a typo within the lawsuit, for “Cosby”) in reference to the sexual assault expenses towards actor Invoice Cosby.
The go well with reads:
Throughout an organization occasion (an annual conference known as Blizz Con) Afrasiabi would hit on feminine staff, telling them he needed to marry them, trying to kiss them, and placing his arms round them. This was in plain view of different male staff, together with supervisors, who needed to intervene and pull him off feminine staff. Afrasiabi was so recognized to interact in harassment of females that his suite was nicknamed the “Crosby Suite” after alleged rapist Invoice Crosby. Afrasiabi would additionally name females derogatory names at firm occasions. Afrasiabi’s conduct was recognized to Blizzard Leisure’s executives, who took no efficient remedial measures. J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard Leisure, allegedly had a number of conversations with Afrasiabi about his consuming and that he had been “too pleasant” in direction of feminine staff at firm occasions however gave Afiasiabi a slap on the wrist (ie. verbal counseling) in response to those incidents.
It stays unclear what Afrasiabi’s standing is at Activision Blizzard or what steps the corporate has taken in response to his alleged actions, particularly with in the present day’s assertion not mentioning him by identify.