Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime ‘troubled’ by latest US immigration policies

    
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On Monday, we covered some of the MMORPG companies speaking out against new immigration policy that opponents of the current US administration have dubbed a “Muslim ban.” Add to that list none other than World of Warcraft studio Blizzard, whose CEO, Mike Morhaime, issued a letter to the company telling employees that he shared their concerns over the impact to the company and genre and in fact has already dispatched company resources to help those employees directly affected. He then writes,

“The executive order strikes an incredibly sharp contrast with the values on which our company was founded. We are, and will always be, a company that strives for inclusion, embraces diversity, and treats one another with respect. This is the very foundation of what makes not just our company — but America — great, which is why I am so troubled by these actions. Regardless of where you are from or what your religious beliefs are, our strength is in our diversity.”

Blizzard joins Electronic Arts, Bethesda, the ESA, GDC organizers, and notable genre figures including Raph Koster and Scott Hartsman in criticizing the government policy.

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Source: VentureBeat
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Cypher

Dammit! Missed all the fun!!!

Just to add, your president is proving just as divisive on this side of the pond too! I actually thought it would be good to see a change to the status quo that so many or your (and our) politicians seem to represent.
The closest we had to a Trump-like politician is one Nigel Farage of UKIP, (he’s already met with your president, even before the Prime Minister). We let him have his fun, shout his racist rhetoric and stir up the small minded bigots, but when it came to an actual election, the British people told him just what we think of racists…

I honestly thought (hoped) you would do the same :-/

Chukii

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Dajhryne

One thing is certain, one side or the other in this *discussion* is catastrophically wrong. I wish I could say that Time would sort it out but we seem to have reached a level of deception, both inward and outward, that will prevent even that.

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MesaSage

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Herro Mongorian

The real kicker being some of the people commenting actually prefer to remain ignorant of the shit going down outside of their fantasy. Must be nice to pretend people who are deeply affected by current events aren’t also playing the same games and shaping that world too.

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MesaSage

Ignorance is not limited to one side of the equation. However, if you truly believe that people are only NOW being affected by events shaping the world, then my point applies. I have a problem with hypocrisy.

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Herro Mongorian

Let the imperials with their tanks and bombs fight the zealots with their swords and mind games.

Peace will come, and all will bow to Kerrigan.

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Melissa McDonald

A few bad actors spoil a good time for everybody, as usual. As a legal immigrant in USA, I am fiercely in favour of LEGAL immigration and consider illegal immigration to be breaking the law. My 2 pence.

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John Kiser

The problem that arose here is that this was put out in so broad a fashion that legal residents (those with green cards/visas and here legally that were vetted (including students) were being held up or are still being held up… The executive is keeping out legal citizens and has been muddled about and way too broad (not to mention several judges are in fact calling it illegal) and it wasn’t until it was clarified that even green card holders could get in (some others are still having trouble)

The issue pops up that this executive order oversteps. We already have a pretty strict (made stricter by obama) vetting process for ANYONE that has a visa of any sorts (h1-b, student visa, work visa) and green cards, they are here legally and are not coming here illegally. Not to mention that the countries that have actually produced terrorists are not on this ban list (saudi arabia being a prime example). Trump’s “wall” as a secondary thing also is just throwing away tax dollars, if those people really want to get here they can come over on a plane or other things.

The legal road to immigration is not something plausible for some of these countries either. For instance mexico is a poor country bordering the US, legally immigrating takes money and it is often a choice between eating or going to classes/paying for all of this stuff. After vetting the person the legal road to immigration really shouldn’t be as hard as it is from any country. Our vetting process is pretty good and there have been maybe 3 cases of people that slipped through the cracks with it (again they aren’t even targeting countries actually producing terrorists atm)

This isn’t about immigration, this is about stopping people from the middle east from getting back into the country or coming here at all. Trump wants a muslim ban even if they take a legal path to citizenship or have before.

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Tithian

As an observer outside the US, I find the whole reactions bizzare.

Sure, a lot of people will disagree with Trump due to ideology even if he decides to adopt kittens, but in the end this is why people voted for him. He had made his intention very clear early on in his campaign, both on immigration issues, or the recent Wall Street regulations amendments among other things. You might not have voted for that, and wished he’d go back on his word after he was elected (like, let’s face it, almost every politician in existence) and now that all signs point to him not backing off, people lose their minds.

I have to say, his policies really suck for non-US citizens and the world in general (i.e. with the US backing off from the Kyoto treaty on gas emissions), but I expected this much from him anyway. Question is, why are you surprised?

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Veedash

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enamel

There might be an issue with the new commenting system, my racist uncle’s facebook posts are leaking into MoP comments.

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Utakata

It’s unfortunate to suggest your uncle is unlikely alone on the matter. :(

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Pedge Jameson

All my years of Facebook, I erased my posts, photos, all down the toilet so it would be useless to go back. I think we know what pushed me over the edge.

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socontrariwise

They have offices all over the world and sell their games all over the world. The comments here pretending this is an “American citizen without any links to any of those nationalities only” issue are unbelievable.

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scarr

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Utakata

Well well, with Blizzard admitting they hire Radical Islamic Terrorists, guess my boycott of them continues.

Yep! They hang out at the water cooler, having heated debates with the devs over the latest Game of Thrones episode. And/or showing off their latest Pokémon Go acquirements! Who would of thought! o.O

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John Kiser

The comment you responded to is absurd really. First off the banned countries haven’t even produced any terrorists that have attacked anyone let alone the US. The three or four countries that have are not on the ban list at all (interestingly it’s been noted that the trump company/family has business ties in those countries). These people are not radical islamic terrorists in the least and while some muslims are bad the majority of them are not.

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Mr_Planthead

“Suck it up buttercups” dang, I almost had bingo, you should’ve said snowflakes