Blizzard Entertainment’s president and CEO Michael Morhaime began his presentation at the 2014 Blizzcon this afternoon by addressing some recent controversial events that have occurred in the gaming community. He didn’t identify it as the Gamergate saga and everything that has happened around it, but come on: we all know what he was talking about, right?
Watch the relevant segment below:
“I’d like to take a moment to talk about something serious,” Morhaime began. “Over the past couple months, there’s been a small group of people who have been doing really awful things. They have been making some people’s lives miserable, and they have been tarnishing our reputation as gamers.”
“It’s not right,” he continued, as the crowd broke into applause.
“Blizzcon is a great example of how positive and uplifting gaming can be,” Morhaime added — speaking to his company’s long-running convention dedicated to its small but enormously popular handful of games. “Let’s carry the good the good vibes from this weekend out into the world all year round.”
“There is another person on the other end of the chat screen,” he continued, making a strong reference to the online harassment that has flared up unpleasantly in recent months. “They’re our friends, our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters.”
“Let’s take a stand to reject hate and harassment,” Morhaime concluded as the crowd again burst into applause.
“Let’s redouble our efforts to be kind and respectful to one another. And let’s remind the world what the gaming community is really all about.”
And with that, Morhaime started talking about his company’s video games.