After a two-year investigation, the state of California has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard alleging that discrimination, harassment and “frat boy” culture affected women working for the company (a spokesman of Blizzard denied the allegations). The file names Alex Afrasiabi, a senior creative director at World of Warcraft, saying "Afrasiabi was so well known for harassing women that his suite was nicknamed the 'Crosby Suite (sic)' after alleged rapist Bill Crosby (sic)."
Afrasiabi quietly left Blizzard in mid-2020, but his work remains visible in World of Warcraft, where there are several characters and objects bearing his name and characters he played on EverQuest. Most notable is that in Stormwind City there is a seeker named Field Marshal Afrasiabi, and a mission called The Great Fras Siabi that includes a NPC of the same name in Stratholme. There are also references to his characters Kariel and Foror spread across various articles and traditional entries.
"I feel sick that the game has numerous NPCs and stories with this man's name," one player wrote. Blizzard Forum. "I love WoW, but I can't stand it." In the WoW subreddit, there is a thread calling for Field Marshal Afrasiabi to be removed from Stormwind City, and another in which a player uses the emoticon / spit on him.
WoW has a tradition of naming NPCs to prominent members of its community, paying tribute to streamer Byron & # 39; Reckful & # 39; Bernstein with a coach named in his honor, for example. He has also removed these characters when necessary, removing references to a YouTuber named Swifty after him accused of harassment and ill-treatment.
Some players have responded to complaints by canceling their WoW subscriptions, spending the rest of their playing time gathering to protest hundreds.