Blizzard memo indicates renewed focus on hiring diversity

Blizzard is doubling down on diversity and inclusion when it comes to its own hiring practices.

That’s according to a leaked internal memo from Blizzard President Mike Morhaime, which Kotaku excerpted in a report last night. Morhaime is apparently spearheading a “global diversity and inclusion initiative” intended to spur on the hiring of underrepresented people inside the company — specifically women, who make up only a fifth of employees, and other minority groups, who make up only 14%.

While Blizzard will not operate under strict hiring quotas, employees are being encouraged to seek out and recommend women and minorities who are traditionally overlooked in the male-dominated video games industry. Networking sessions, mentoring groups, diversity training, and gender summits are also on order, along with fostering a women-centered advisory council akin to the LGBTQ council that already exists.

According to a VentureBeat report last month, Blizzard has more than doubled the number of women chosen for its paid internship program (up 166%) thanks to diversity efforts already underway.

Source: Kotaku
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Chris Mc

This has no impact on my decision to buy their software. They don’t get any brownie points.

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Scrungle

Nothing like cultural enrichment like the EU is experiencing.

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Carebear

Unless they actually do it, is just a pr talk… and how convenient there was a leak…

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Utakata

I have to admit, that I found that aspect bothersome. I mean are they trying to be “Hey look , how we’re so goody two-shoes here!”…seems quite contrived to me. A better approach is to walk that walk, and allow peer reviews to trickle up to state how proactive they are in this aspect. Something liked that happened with EA where they got some award for it sometime ago. It looked less like they where trying to pad their PR.

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Sushi Maru

Hires that aren’t merit based always works out well for a company :\

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Utakata

It’s one of the ignorant assertions that keep being claimed. They would unlikely hire anyone unqualified. But I guess you would need to look outside the /hive mind to see that though.

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CloakingDonkey .

LOL you talking about a hive mind… please. How do you know this? Isn’t it just an ignorant assertion? Based on what they just told us, they will make more diverse hires… so obviously skin colour and gender has just become a priority. So what are you basing your assertion on?

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Utakata

I guess you didn’t picked on the my nuance of the projecting…

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CloakingDonkey .

I guess you’re really quite bad at nuance.

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Utakata

More like, hive minded…

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PurpleCopper

Gotta tick all the boxes.

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Bhima Jenkins

The 1950’s called, and they want their white male privilege back. But seriously, the amount of women and other minority groups that play video games now is MUCH more than it used to be. Consequently, there are more than enough passionate, talented gamer nerds of all stripes and colors that want to get paid crap wages with long working hours to make games.

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hurbster

It worked so well for ME:Andromeda…

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Sally Bowls

FWIW, I am against the traditional “affirmative action” and for diversity and efforts to increase it.

I disagree with blaming the colleges and unis; I think the battle is frequently lost before that. E.g., if you want to do CS, perhaps you apply to and attend places like CMU or MIT instead of a liberals arts school.

Facetious: Now if only more mothers admitted to their daughters “Honey, it’s not that girls are bad at math; I’m just dumb.”

P.S., there is no idea, good or bad, that the People’s Republic of Berkley can’t take to extremes:

University of California—Berkeley, which redesigned a course previously known as “Introduction to Symbolic Programming” to “Beauty and the Joy of Computing.” Women now outnumber men in the course for the first time in 20 years, the study found.

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Armsbend

Blizzard (and google since this is what this is about) methods would be un-traditonal to me. Taking upon themselves to do what they feel is better for the company. For whatever reason.

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Arktouros

Really not a fan of the thought shame culture we find ourselves in today. You either have to be 1000% for something or you’re irrevocably the enemy. It’s just exhausting.

Unless Blizzard was actually discriminating against gender, race or sexual orientation not sure why they’d need to double down on things. Just seems like an empty gesture to cater to the kinds of people who eat this stuff up even though nothing in actual reality changes.

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Armsbend

It was an internal memo so I’m not sure why it would be an “empty gesture”.

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Arktouros

Hahaha…oh man…

The sheer volume of internal “lets-feel-great-about-ourselves” garbage I got working at a major company was staggering. Most of it amounts to very little, or people just patting themselves on the back for doing such a great job.

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Armsbend

I guess in that sense it might be true. The beatings will continue until morale improved. It’s what every company does though. One of marketing’s biggest clients is always themselves. I’m not kidding if you think I am.

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Arktouros

As mentioned I’ve worked a in large corporation and perception/image is literally everything in a day and age when people can post/leak anything online. I’m more familiar with the concept of “internal customers” than I ever wanted to be haha.

But it’s that part that has always bugged me, as I originally commented. It’s no longer enough to “just” not discriminate against gender, race or sexual orientation you can’t have any differing opinions on the matter either.

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Phun

Deleted by mod. No trolling.

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Armsbend

There was nothing illogical about that at all. As soon as I heard a dude wrote a 3300 word “manifesto” force pushed internally i thought “active shooter” scenario. It is WEIRD AS FUCK to write a pages long memo about women and then send it to everyone in your company because you are a conservative. there are other, much more rational methods of expressing opinions. This guy sounds like he has Aspergers.

Maybe the women who stayed home were the only logical people in the building.

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Bob Smith

you do realize journalists are the master of what is called framing. Its actually very easy to do, you can take any story and spin it any way you like. When you read the news critically, you realize that the main objective is emotional manipulation. Also keep in mind that 90% of the time people only glance and the title or the subtitle. It could be completely unrelated to the actual information but the options will be set and consent created.

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CloakingDonkey .

He isn’t even a conservative… did you even read the memo? Every single (scientifically accurate) point he made he preceded with something along the lines of “and because of that we should change our approach to doing X so we can get more women in tech”…

The biggest problem with this memo situation is the unbelievable amount of misinformation about it. Seriously. Read it first, then comment.

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Utakata

It was debunked by a number of credible sources. As it was cross between evo psych and old skool eugenics from what I gather. But hey, if that’s your “science”, to each their own. I also have a flat earth theory to sell you.

That said though, no one has to read 3300 plus words of turgid drivel to get where it’s going. Or make an informed opinion of it. I haven’t read the entire bible for example, but it’s reasonable to conclude it’s full of inaccuracies…to put it mildly.

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CloakingDonkey .

And what are these credible sources? Mother Jones? Buzzfeed? HuffPo? It is interesting though how quick you are to dismiss any science you don’t like.

And of course you didn’t read it… I didn’t think you would. You probably just read what all your favourite progressive media had to say about it and assumed the rest… I mean you basically just admitted to that ;) No you’re right, there’s no need to read anything you disagree with. Just stay within the hive mind and don’t ask any questions, eh? :D Oh and make sure to flag my comment so you don’t actually have to respond, darling.

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Utakata

Since I am not allow to post an example of where you are entirely off the rails here, no I don’t go around cherry picking “science” to support ludicrous notions as this screed did. Hey I know, this isn’t a popular position to garner the /upvotes. But it’s not dishonest either…err, “darling”.

But what is more disturbing here, is that you and your buddies seem to support something that claims certain segment of human beings are below you based on gender. To which you have 2 choices: Either accept this and wear your bigotry proudly on your sleeves where we can all see this. Or change your views to something more inclusive. Because the whole “parrot isn’t dead but resting” goal post moving shtick is getting tiresome. To put it mildly.

PS: It wasn’t me that’s been flagging you. Beyond the mild ad homs, I haven’t seen you posting anything that offensive…beyond the fact what you are posting is just plain wrong. Poking it full of holes is usually the best way to deal with that.

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Arktouros

“Debunked by a number of credible sources” then immediately reconfirmed when they fired the guy for having a different opinion.

Shutting people up or shutting people down will never change their opinion.

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Utakata

They fired him because he violated company policies. /shrug

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Bob Smith

you make it sounds like 3300 words is a lot…
It takes like 5 minutes to read but why bother when somebody else can you tell you how to feel. It doesn’t even say anything negative about women.

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Utakata

If posted here, that would be a massive wall of text. o.O

Either way, and while I’ve seen exerts of it on various sites, I have no interest in reading a long winded screed of sophisticated bigotry and sexism. You are free to agree with it…and even have it all tattooed on your left butt cheek for all I care. I am not going to touch it with a 10 meter pole and a pigtail. Thnkx.

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Kala Mona

” I have no interest in reading a long winded screed of sophisticated bigotry”

You are saying that you believe this is a “long winded screed of sophisticated bigotry”, and you don’t read it because of it. But what if your belief is wrong, and you could see some points that make sense? For me it seems you are willingly deny that information from yourself in order not to question your belief system.

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Utakata

No, I just don’t agree with it. And I’ve seen enough of it to make that informed conclusion. As I’ve seen the arguments made in it more times than I can count from other sources to know where it was all going. The question now becomes why are you so interested in trying to convert me out of my “belief” system? What purpose does this serve you? I am not sure what the obsession is about here.

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rafterman

This is why things get twisted and turned into something that was never reality. People are ignorant and would rather stay that way than use their own brains.

The simple fact that you even used the word “screed” to describe it let’s me know you’re the kind of person who lets other people do their thinking for them anyway.

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Utakata

I am pretty sure my thoughts on the matter where of my own volition and not of anyone else. It just doesn’t agree with yours. Twisted thinking, indeed.

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wandris

Except that isn’t what happened. The document was being circulated for a month and discussed by a smaller number of people. He then sent it to a internal skeptic(?) department to be challenged and discussed further, then it was made viral throughout the company and made public. Anyone who had touched or even discussed the document are now being blacklisted and demonized. Those more wise and aware of the intolerance of some of their co-workers and managment knew better and seen this coming, even though they may agree at least in part with the issues inside google that the document highlights. When employees are too afraid to speak openly for well justified fears of reprisal there is a serious problem, and given the power and influence google has throughout the world it is cause for concern.