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Following the lawsuit for discrimination and sexual harassment in California against Blizzard, an awkward video of the developer's questions and answers recorded on BlizzCon 2010 resurfaced on social media.
In the clip, a World of Warcraft player asks a group of prominent personalities, including current Blizzard president J. Allen Brack, former World of Warcraft senior creative director Alex Afrasiabi, and former systems designer WoW, Greg Street, if Blizzard could add any female characters to the game "who don't seem to have come out of a Victoria's Secret catalog."
The audience initially applauds the question, but is soon drowned out by the boos. However, the group's responses are worse. The Blizzard developer group feigns confusion, playing the crowd in an attempt to make humor out of the issue. “What catalog would you like them to come out of,” Afrasiabi asks. "Could you see Sylvanas looking any other way?"
Afrasiabi jokingly agrees, saying the studio wants to vary the game's female characters by promising to "choose more catalogs," an idea Brack continues to say a new Tauren female character is drawn from. "Sexy Sexy Cow Business", a catalog that obviously does not exist.
It's usually exactly the kind of "frat frat" response that Activision Blizzard is accused of. The woman who asked the question tries to laugh at the awkward situation of being hugged by hundreds of people, but seems unhappy with the answers.
Street, one of the figures in this panel, who is now the head of creative development at Riot Games, acknowledged and apologized for the “shitty response” in a recent Twitter thread, though he did not respond to the question from the previous clip.
People who ask questions from the stage really don’t look good and now I feel terrible looking at their face. I now have more experience answering live questions, but this will certainly not be my last shitty answer. Sorry for both those and this one.July 24, 2021
“There’s a Street Street tweet:“ There’s a 10-year-old BlizzCon video that plays players asking questions and answers with a group of developers I was a member of. ”“ Look, it was a shitty response at the time and , it has certainly not aged well. I wish I had said something better then. "
Street added in the thread: "You don't really see people asking questions right from the stage and now I feel terrible looking at their face. I have more experience now answering live questions, but this has certainly won. "I will not be my last shitty answer. I apologize for both this and that ".
Street clarified that his prediction of future bad responses is not intended to reflect a “blasphemous attitude” toward the treatment of women in games, but that interactions with players can be intrinsically risky, although, according to him, it is still important that developers participate in He also stressed that he was not trying to speak on behalf of Blizzard, or the women or people of color who work there.
“I believe that men in leadership roles have a responsibility, a duty, to ensure that women and other marginalized people feel welcome, happy and successful in our studies,” she continued. "I really mean all the men in a studio, but especially the leaders in the studio. I take it very seriously at Riot and we've worked hard to make our company a better place to be. to work".
The video seems embarrassing to me and I apologize to the player who asked the question and to everyone else who was disappointed with our “answer”. I think there are more important voices that we need to hear right now. But the video may remind us that we can be better. GC outJuly 25, 2021
Riot faced his own allegations of pervasive sexism and workplace misconduct and a lawsuit for gender discrimination, after a deep Kotaku report in 2018. Riot settled the lawsuit and denied "systemic" sexism in August 2019. In February 2021, Riot and CEO Nicolo Laurent were sued by a former employee on charges of sexual harassment. An internal Riot committee reported in March that it had found no evidence to support the allegations.
“I find the video embarrassing and I apologize to the player who asked the question and to everyone else who was disappointed with our‘ answer ’,” Street concluded. "I think there are more important voices we need to hear right now. But the video can remind us that we can be better."
Street's apologies come after similar public statements from other former Blizzard executives last week, co-founder and former president Mike Morhaime and senior vice president Chris Metzen, who in separate posts said the leadership "failed. ”To support Blizzard women. Metzen worked at Blizzard for more than two decades.
I have contacted Street for comment and will update if I receive a response.