Last Wednesday, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued Activision Blizzard, the company behind the colossal Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Overwatch after a two-years long investigation. This has been an on-going investigation which revealed discriminatory behavior inside the company, sexist and racist practices in terms of hiring, advancement.
The investigation has collected enough evidence making a very strong case against Activision Blizzard for closing its eyes when such practices were happening right inside the company. Having read multiple stories from the press, from the Tweets of former and current employees, I wonder more than ever, if the company tolerated such behaviors as long as games were coming out. If the money was entering their banks, then some groping, racist jokes and overall toxic behavior maybe didn’t look like a big issue to them.
Since the scandal standard, some key people in the company either condemned the actions, while some said that the company could have done better. Some have invoked not being aware of it, saying that they are incredibly sorry for what was happening. Apart from those excuses, the company hired an union-busting firm.
Wherever there is fear of employees taking power, the companies will do anything that is in their power to stop it. The employees also planned a walkout, and I salute their dissent. I hope they will go further with the unionization and not stop at just the walkout. The walkout can be an important firs step in getting more collective power and even a collective bargaining contract. HR firms won’t solve the issues, but in the long-term they will still serve the employers. An union can save them.
I provide you with a summary of the articles in the press about the conflicts at Activision Blizzard.