Allegations of widespread sexual harassment have rocked Activision Blizzard, with a California state agency filing a plet against the publisher alleging that women have faced "constant" harassment and discrimination in their Blizzard offices. On Friday, Blizzard co-founder and former president and CEO Mike Morhaime released a statement on Twitter apologizing for employee behavior allegedly occurred under his supervision.
“Everything is very disturbing and difficult to read,” the statement begins. "I'm ashamed. It seems to me that everything I thought I was defending had taken away. What's worse but more importantly, real people have been harmed and some women have had terrible experiences."
Morhaime claims that while he "tried very hard to create a safe and welcoming environment for people of all genders and backgrounds" during his 28-year tenure, the lawsuit reveals that the developer was "far from it." goal".
"Harassment and discrimination exist," Morhaime writes. "They are prevalent in our industry. It is the responsibility of leadership to ensure that all employees feel safe, supported and treated fairly, regardless of gender and background. It is the responsibility of leadership to eliminate toxicity and harassment in any form. , across all levels of the company. For the Blizzard women who experienced some of these things, I'm so sorry you missed it. "
In his conclusion, Morhaime apologizes again and asks the women to share their stories: "I realize they are just words, but I wanted to recognize women who had horrible experiences. I listen, you I think so, and I'm sorry I let you down. I want to hear your stories, if you're willing to share them. "
Some former Blizzard employees found fault in Morhaime's statement. Cher Scarlett, former Blizzard software engineer, dit it was hard for him to believe that Morhaime did not know that "the men they led were repeatedly excused for their behavior."
Connie Griffith, a game developer who left Blizzard in 2011, answered to Morhaime's tweet. “While I appreciate this Mike, I also know that there was no way you didn’t know how toxic the two Robs were (for example),” he said. "I was there, I know you knew it on some level, but in the end we didn't care."
Another former Blizzard developer, Kristin Wood-Page, published an excerpt from a letter says he sent Morhaime on leaving Blizzard in 2018, while Morhaime was still president and CEO.
"As long as the men in power behave in a predatory way towards the women of the company, it will be impossible for the women to feel really comfortable, valued or safe," says part of the letter. Wood-Page noted in a brief statement to PC Gamer that the subject of his letter "separated from Blizzard very shortly after this letter was sent."
I wrote a letter to Mike Morhaime in 2018, after leaving Blizzard, and while he was still president and CEO. It read, in part: #ActivisionBlizzard #Blizzard pic.twitter.com/qpKIjKNLzgJuly 23, 2021
Responses to demand from current Activision Blizzard executives they have been confused, ranging from calling the allegations "disruptive" to "without merit." On Friday, more than 20 current Blizzard employees he publicly rejected the company’s statements and expressed his solidarity with the women represented by the lawsuit. Some World of Warcraft players are organizing protests within the game and asking removal of game content bears the name of an alleged harasser.