According to a senior developer of Activision Blizzard, practically everyone works in World of warcraft you have been arrested for a lawsuit for sexual harassment, intimidation, unfair payment and more.
Last week, following a two-year investigation by the California Department of Housing and Fair Employment, the state filed a lawsuit against the publisher and developer, alleging that the company incubated a “frat boy” culture.
Now World of Warcraft Senior Systems Designer Jeff Hamilton has taken to Twitter to point out that very little work is being done on the game as Activision Blizzard responds to the situation internally.
“I don’t know what to do. I don’t have all the answers.” Hamilton wrote on Twitter (via The player). “I can tell you that there is hardly any work being done on World of Warcraft right now as this obscenity unfolds. And that doesn’t benefit anyone, not the players, not the developers, not the shareholders. “
“Activision’s response to this today is to take a group of world-class developers and make them so angry and traumatized that they can’t keep making a great game,” he continued.
Hamilton ends the thread by highlighting a large number of current and former Blizzard employees who have talked about culture in the studio. Anyone curious about the situation would do well to look up those names and read the threads they have posted about their experiences.
In response to the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard brought by the state of California, former President Mike Morhaime and current President J. Allen Brack have issued public and company-focused statements regarding the allegations made in the lawsuit.
Since the lawsuit was recently filed, it may take a while before Activision Blizzard is seen in court to respond to these claims. The development of various Activision Blizzard projects may be affected at that time, especially if last year’s scandal involving Ubisoft is a yardstick against which we can measure the current situation at the company.
Last year, Blizzard employees complained about salary disparities as Activision posted record earnings. In 2019, the company came under fire for its decision to lay off around 800 of its staff on the same day it announced that it broke new revenue records.