Chris Metzen was senior vice president of story and franchise development at Blizzard until his retirement in 2016 and was a major architect of its global construction in several series. Like former Blizzard president and CEO Mike Morhaime, Metzen has responded to a lawsuit from the state of California alleging widespread discrimination and sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard by publishing a sorry on twitter.
“We’ve failed and I’m sorry,” he begins. "To all of you on Blizzard, those I know and those I have never met, I offer my deepest apologies for the role I have played in a culture that fostered harassment, inequality and indifference.
"There is no excuse. We failed too many people when they needed us because we had the privilege of not noticing, of not getting involved or of creating the necessary space for colleagues who needed us as leaders. M & # 39 I wish my apology could make any kind of difference. "
Metzen goes on to say that he has been reading the stories of women who have added their stories to those of the lawsuit (many of which have been collected in Reddit), and says, "Friends and colleagues, people I've valued and admired for years, were directly harmed because I wasn't present enough to ask, listen, listen to these stories when it mattered" and that "yawn disconnects between my perception from above and the crushing reality that many of you have experienced fills me with deep shame. "
With the demand approaching, the the response from current Activision Blizzard executives has been confused, seemingly uncertain whether to deny the allegations or condemn the discrimination and harassment they describe. Metzen's statement concludes that "words are cheap. I'm not sure what the big promises really do. Accountability begins with the people. Not the corporations, nor the platitudes, or the iron-clad" values. " A statue ".
However, given that Metzen worked closely with former World of Warcraft senior creative director Alex Afrasiabi, who is named directly to the lawsuit, there have been doubts about Metzen's alleged ignorance and the value of his sorry. As the first response from Metzen's tweet asks, "How much did you know about Alex Afrasiabi and his behavior? After all, he was your chosen successor."
Metzen currently runs Warchief, a desktop gaming company that he launched alongside Mike Blizzard's former vice president of quality assurance, Mike Gilmartin.