World Of Warcraft Removing Inappropriate References To ‘Rebuild Trust’ In Wake of Lawsuit

World Of Warcraft Removing Inappropriate References To ‘Rebuild Trust’ In Wake of Lawsuit
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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.

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.

Comments

  • And they can restore Swifty while they at it, since his tributes were removed without any investigation (and were ultimately baseless) while they allowed a known sex offender to have tributes in game. Simply sickening.

  • Removing his references from live content people are interacting with I’m all for… Just not other areas, such as credits or such, as some companies love to do.

    Because I think companies, especially in a fucking case where he was a known problem that was let run rampant for YEARS, should have to wear that shit like a mark somewhere at the very least and not just be able to literally erase history and pretend it didn’t happen.

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