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Chacko Sonny, executive producer on Overwatch, has announced that he will be leaving Blizzard Entertainment later this week, making him the latest high-profile senior figure to depart the company as its sexual harrassment and discrimination lawsuit continues. Bloomberg has reported that Sonny will leave the company on Friday, September 24. In a message to staff,
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Today, Activision Blizzard provided an update on recent initiatives to achieve its goal of “ensuring a workplace that is inspiring, equitable, and respectful to all,” and has commented on the recent subpoena received by the SEC. Earlier today, it was reported the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched an investigation into Activision Blizzard.
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The US Securities and Exchange Commission – better known as the SEC – is the latest government agency to launch an investiagtion into Activision Blizzard, as The Wall Street Journal [paywall] reports. The agency has subpoenaed the publisher and its CEO, Bobby Kotick, for records related to employment, separation agreements, and communications between senior executives.
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Blizzard has announced that Jesse McCree, Overwatch‘s cowboy hero, is getting a name change. The developer broke the news in a Twitter statement, saying that the name will be changed to “something that better represents what Overwatch stands for.” [embedded content] To see this content please enable targeting cookies. Manage cookie settings Unfortunately, to anyone
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California has accused Activision Blizzard of illegally “withholding and suppressing evidence” and shredding documents that are releveant to the investigation, a new report claims. After California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed the sexual harrassment and bullying lawsuit in July, which accused the company of creating a frat-like culture where female employees faced
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Diablo 2: Resurrected has two beta weekends coming up. Blizzard has revealed the dates and details for Diablo 2: Resurrected‘s upcoming beta tests, which take place over two weekends on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Watch on YouTube The first is scheduled for this weekend, and it’s available only to players
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Frances Townsend, Activision Blizzard’s president of corporate affairs, has removed herself from her role as executive sponsor of the company’s ABK Women’s Network. News that Townsend has stepped down comes in the wake of criticism stemming from a combative company email and of her retweeting an article calling out whistleblowers. According to an article published by The Washington
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By Sherif Saed6 August 2021 08:53 GMT Two major Overwatch League sponsors are dropping it. Coca-Cola, and State Farm have both said that they’re pulling back from partnerships with Blizzard’s esports tournament, the Overwatch League, following the State of California’s lawsuit against Activision Blizzard over discrimination and sexual harassment at its studios. The Washington Post
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By Sherif Saed4 August 2021 13:19 GMT Workers across Activision Blizzard have come together under a new banner. ABK Workers Alliance is a new coalition established by employees from Activision, Blizzard, and King’s various studios. The group’s first act was releasing a letter responding to CEO Bobby Kotick’s statement about the State of California’s lawsuit
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By Dom Peppiatt4 August 2021 11:34 GMT Diablo Immortal, Blizzard’s mobile take on the iconic RPG franchise, has been delayed until 2022. According to the company’s latest financial call, Diablo Immortal “is now planned for release in the first half of 2022, which will allow [the developer] to add substantial improvements to the whole game,”
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By Dom Peppiatt4 August 2021 09:14 GMT Things are getting from bad to worse for Activision Blizzard. Shareholders are now arguing that they were “economically damaged” as a result of company executives intentionally withholding information on the sexual harassment lawsuit. The new class-action complaint follows a two-year investigation conducted by the state of California, and has been filed
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Blizzard president J. Allen Brack has left the company after 16 years to “pursue new opportunities,” according to an announcement from Activision Blizzard. In Brack’s place, Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra have been appointed co-leaders of Blizzard. Activision Blizzard president and COO Daniel Alegre announced the news today following a letter to all employees. “I
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Nearly 500 Ubisoft employees have signed an open letter as they stand in solidarity with Activision Blizzard employees, criticizing the French publisher’s failure to deliver meaningful change after last year’s allegations. As the ongoing fallout to the explosive Activision Blizzard lawsuit continues, Ubisoft employees have signed an open letter showing support to workers walking out
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