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Blizzard: Impending lawsuit, walkouts, and a cancerous culture.

As many of us know/have seen, Blizzard Games(Developer of, among other things, World of Warcraft) is embroiled in serious controversy and publicity due to a toxic workplace culture that involves severe sexual harassment, gender discrimination, racial discrimination, and more.


Now to add to it, there has even been suicides committed due to the toxic culture fostered within the company, and a lawsuit has been brought forward for good reason. Now, boys will be boys is going to be brought up as an excuse but that A) should never apply in any toxic/harassment culture and B) with the increased exposure of sexual harassment having a light shined on it, this could more than likely be the end of the gaming giant.


What are your SERIOUS thoughts on what is going on, and do you feel there is any way for Blizzard to escape from this as a company, let alone at all?


News link for context:

https://news.yahoo.com/activision-blizzard-sued-over-sexual-142208829.html?guccounter=1

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poweredbycaffeine
WR Officer
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Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
As someone who knows a female dev that left Blizzard amidst the harassment, I can tell you that the best way for Blizzard to move forward is to completely overhaul its culture. This means removing current leadership that has remained complicit, installing career ladders that encourage females to be promoted into leadership roles that influence culture and company growth and most importantly: admit they have a problem with the way they've built their current organization.

You cannot slap a bandaid on this, you have to ultimately overhaul your organization. Will it be painful and expensive, yes. Is it worth the spend and emotional burn? Only if they want to survive the public scrutiny that they are now facing and will continue to face. Sure, basement dwellers will keep spending money on their titles no matter what, but parents will think twice before they spend their money on the same titles for their children.
WCK
Notorious Answer
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Padre de Tequila, General of the Coors Knights
The question now is, will said basement dwellers come out in droves to support Blizzard as we have seen in the past regarding the #MeToo movement? If so, disappointing but not surprising, but something to monitor regardless.
funcoupons
WR Officer
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Kahluapons
I don't think the basement dwellers pay attention to or care about these kinds of issues...they're kind of one note, lol.
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youKNOW
Politicker
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Sales Manager
I agree with P by C. My office isn't too far from Blizzard, and while I don't directly know anyone that works there, I've heard of the toxicity. From what I've been told it sounds like the place is toxic to everyone, if you're not in a power position. Obviously the harassment suit sounds like it was a long time coming, and definitely deserved given what's been happening over there. They're going to have to totally over hall that place, and then take a much harder look at the personalities that they hire moving forward.
CuriousFox
WR Officer
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Needer of Life Alert
Disgusting.

They need to take ownership. They need to clean house. I'm talking completely gut and rebuild. They need serious harassment training. They need so much I can't type fast enough. Also my head is spinning in absolute anger for the victims.
WCK
Notorious Answer
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Padre de Tequila, General of the Coors Knights
All completely understandable thoughts and emotions.Β 

CuriousFox
WR Officer
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Needer of Life Alert
Taking my outrage and emotion out of the equation for a moment. I still stand by my rebuilding comments. Has the company publicly addressed the situation?
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funcoupons
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Kahluapons
I can't see anyone in their right mind saying "boys will be boys" to this type of stuff. Boys will be boys might apply to someone making an off color joke that some people don't appreciate, but harassment to the point where someone kills themselves is a whole other level.

Blizzard is huge and one of the most popular/respected (well...maybe up until now) in the gaming world. I think they can come back from this, but it will involve mass firings of any employees and management that were involved/allowed this to happen as well as a hefty settlement for victims.Β 
WCK
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Padre de Tequila, General of the Coors Knights
I do see a path back to relevancy(per se) for Blizzard, but wow will it take time to pull themselves out of this one.

They are lucky in that they(should) have amassed a large enough revenue stream and wealth base to ride things out, although belts may tighten.
funcoupons
WR Officer
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Kahluapons
Yeah, it'll take time for sure. Then again, WoW is a massive game and a lot of consumers will continue to play it and pay for it regardless of what's going on internally at the company.
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SaaSguy
Politicker
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Account Executive
I mean I don't think Blizzard as a company is going to cease operations over this. A big shakeup in senior leadership and personnel is likely, but then business as usual from there.Β 
WCK
Notorious Answer
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Padre de Tequila, General of the Coors Knights
Remains to be seen IMO. With how deep the culture itself runs, and the fact that death is involved, it may not be as cut and dry.
Incognito
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Master of Disaster
I heard they’re suspending WoW development as of now.
Incognito
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Master of Disaster
My gamer man meat is beside himself over this, as he has been an avid player of WoW for well over a decade. That particular game has had major issues for years, so I can see how why they would publicly say they’re suspending development on that one - meanwhile it’s full steam ahead for Hearthstone and the anticipated Diablo II remake.Β 

They are a publicly traded company, so you gotta think they’ll do a
management overhaul ASAP. What’s REALLY gross, though, are the podcasters who are playing at being sympathetic but are also pushing the narrative of β€œthe people who will be hurt most by this are the women who will lose their jobs”.

Like, really motherfucker?Β 
DungeonsNDemos
Politicker
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AE of B2B
Somewhere out there a culture consultant is preparing to make a boatload of money.

In my opinion if Blizzard doesn't get grilled and held to the flames for their despicable behavior and workplace practices, then this sets a terrible precedent for other companies.Β 

I can't imagine being a Blizzard employee, I would feel trapped. Imagine trying to interview somewhere else now after this all has hit the fan.
WCK
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Padre de Tequila, General of the Coors Knights
Yup. Agreed on literally all points.

This is going to ruin many a career, both in leadership and out.
paddy
WR Officer
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Account Executive
I LOVE THE MAYHEM KEEP IT UP
Calico
Celebrated Contributor
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Corporate Trainer
They need to clean up and fix things internally, but I don't think they'll fall as a company. Take a hit this year, sure.Β 

I hope Blizzard fixes what they have to and use this opportunity to learn. It's a shame that lives were lost, so I don't think they should be *forgiven*.Β 
CaneWolf
Politicker
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Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
We've seen various versions of awful workplaces getting reported over the last few years including Away, Thinx, Amazon, The Museum of Ice Cream. This is obviously particularly egregious but I'm completely not surprised by another company with bad behavior. It's endemic to corporate culture and it's really hard to make it stop.

But Blizzard isn't going anywhere. The business will be fine even if a lot of heads roll.
WCK
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Padre de Tequila, General of the Coors Knights
I can agree on this, although this is on the more egregious side of things to say the least
CaneWolf
Politicker
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Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
Oh yeah, super fucked up but is anybody truly shocked? Probably not.
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Stratifyz
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Business Development Rep
And this is why you come to New World. I’ve been a WoW player (off and on) since Vanilla and I am no longer a paying customer. This was kind of the cherry on top for me.
WCK
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Padre de Tequila, General of the Coors Knights
Hard to pay into something that feeds back into this, right?
TechSalesQueen
Catalyst
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Sr. Enterprise Account Executive
This sounds like ZipRecruiter circa 2019-2020 πŸ₯΄
WCK
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Padre de Tequila, General of the Coors Knights
Oh noπŸ₯΄
eman
Politicker
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Account Executive
I think they make it, but lots of changes needed
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