Blizzard has promised to remove content “not appropriate for” World of Warcraft, likely referencing in-game cameos by creative director Alex Afrasiabi. This announcement comes after a short period of silence following the publication of a California state lawsuit against the company, which alleges Activision Blizzard fostered an environment of harassment against its female employees.
— World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) July 27, 2021
Afrasiabi was named in the suit as a particularly heinous offender in the Activision Blizzard offices. His office was allegedly nicknamed the “Crosby Suite” in reference to the sexual assault charges against actor Bill Cosby.
The suit reads:
During a company event (an annual convention called Blizz Con) Afrasiabi would hit on female employees, telling them he wanted to marry them, attempting to kiss them, and putting his arms around them. This was in plain view of other male employees, including supervisors, who had to intervene and pull him off female employees. Afrasiabi was so known to engage in harassment of females that his suite was nicknamed the “Crosby Suite” after alleged rapist Bill Crosby. Afrasiabi would also call females derogatory names at company events. Afrasiabi’s conduct was known to Blizzard Entertainment’s executives, who took no effective remedial measures. J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard Entertainment, allegedly had multiple conversations with Afrasiabi about his drinking and that he had been “too friendly” towards female employees at company events but gave Afiasiabi a slap on the wrist (ie. verbal counseling) in response to these incidents.