The past weeks have been tumultuous at best for Activision Blizzard and its employees. The company has had to face the heat when the state of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed an explosive lawsuit against the company and several of its top level executives.
The DFEH accused Activision Blizzard of systemic harassment of its female employees both current and former. Several facts emerged and it did not take long for the company to face the consequences of its “frat boy” like work culture. The employees staged a walkout and the gaming community came out in support of the victims. The actions of the company, following the lawsuit, so far have not been satisfactory and several have called them out for the same.
The company, however, is looking to restructure its hierarchy and executive board. It started with the resigning of Activision Blizzard’s president, J. Allen Brack. The company followed by letting go three more senior executives. Luis Barriga, the director of Diablo 4, Jesse McCree, the lead designer for Diablo 4 and Jonathan LeCraft, designer at World of Warcraft, have all been shown the door, according to reports.
Activision Blizzard Lets Go Three More Senior Executives, Including Diablo 4 Director!
It still remains unclear whether Activision Blizzard will accept the demands of the employees and introduce the changes or not. However, the company’s response is still receiving much criticism for its handling of the present situation.
It might be months before the case goes on trial. However, the situation still remains bleak. And Activision Blizzard’s hiring of the union-busting law firm WilmerHale for reviewing of its policies does not seem to bode well for the employees. We will keep you updated on the latest developments in the case and continue spreading the word on behalf of the victims.