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Overwatch’s McCree becomes Cole Cassidy on October 26

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We've known since August that Overwatch hero McCree was due for a rename, thanks to the fact that the eponymous Jesse McCree was one...
It knows you sinned.

Activision-Blizzard requests venue change and pause in DFEH lawsuit, says it’s fired 20 people for misconduct

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In the course of our coverage of the Activision-Blizzard sexual harassment and discrimination scandal and the ensuing legal battle, we've noted that multiple state...
Point.

World of Warcraft tweaks another NPC name and more dialogue to reduce transphobia, racism, and sexism

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Not every movie or reference ages particularly well. Case in point: World of Warcraft had an NPC named Finkle Einhorn as a reference to the...
Fighty smashy!

Two government agencies are now squabbling over ethics allegations in Activision-Blizzard cases

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The Activision-Blizzard sexual discrimination and harassment lawsuit is back in the news this week, but for an unexpected reason. Readers will recall that the...
zzooooombie

California’s DFEH files an objection to the settlement between Activision-Blizzard and the EEOC

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It probably seemed like Activision-Blizzard had actually finally dodged a bullet in its ongoing lawsuit drama when it reached a settlement with the EEOC...
I'm not dead and get new models biannually

Here’s Blizzard’s rationale for changing some of World of Warcraft’s emotes, art, and names

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In the wake of the ongoing investigations into and lawsuits over Activision-Blizzard's sexual harassment and discrimination scandal, the teams at Blizzard have said very...

Union organizers call Activision-Blizzard’s $18M EEOC settlement a ‘slap in the face’

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Monday night, we reported on a planned settlement between Activision-Blizzard and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC was one of four state...
The Olympic committee looks really different now.

Activision-Blizzard says it’s settling with the EEOC, committing $18M to victims and charities

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Last week, we covered the revelation that multiple federal agencies, including the US Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, were...
Actually call it a comeback.

WoW Factor: World of Warcraft replacing sexualized artwork misses the point

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So World of Warcraft has been on a bit of a tear with replacing achievement names, artwork, and so forth recently. At the time I'm...
Oh my.

Activision-Blizzard is now being investigated by four state and federal regulators as its top legal VP departs

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Yesterday, we covered the news that the US Securities and Exchange Commission is now investigating Activision-Blizzard in the wake of its ongoing sexual harassment...
FRUIT. FRUIT. FRUIT.

The Daily Grind: Is Blizzard right to ‘desexualize’ art in World of Warcraft?

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Last week, there was a big social media hubbub over World of Warcraft, as Blizzard quietly changed out a pair of obscure paintings in...
Twists.

The feds are now investigating Activision-Blizzard as the SEC subpoenas execs including Bobby Kotick

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Early on in our coverage of the Activision-Blizzard sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit scandal, we noted that the company's response took some ineffective swipes...
cha-cha-cha-cha-changes

World of Warcraft promotes Overlords of Outland and Shadowlands 9.1.5 as labor organizers take the fight to Activision-Blizzard

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The Blizzard currently pumping out videos, timelines, and recaps of impending content is not really a Blizzard we recognize, but uh, it's definitely happening....
These references, however, remain.

World of Warcraft removes references to former employees and removes the AoE cap in patch 9.1.5

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The most immediate fallout of the ongoing Activision-Blizzard lawsuit has been the removal of numerous references to now-former employees directly named or implicated in...
Don't care, bored.

Blizzard’s Mike Ybarra clarifies that Ion Hazzikostas is still running World of Warcraft

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Ever since Bobby Kotick removed J. Allen Brack from his post atop Blizzard and replaced him with Mike Ybarra and Jen Oneal in the...

Blizzard offers piles of Hearthstone and World of Warcraft loot to boost subs

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If you were among the gamers who thought it was a little thirsty of Blizzard to finally be dishing out long-wanted changes in World...

Overwatch’s McCree isn’t the only Blizzard character getting a rename

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Yesterday, we reported on Blizzard's announcement that it'll be changing the name of Overwatch's character McCree, who was named after Jesse McCree, one of...

Blizzard is changing the name of Overwatch’s character McCree

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Over the course of the last month of the Activision-Blizzard sexual harassment and discrimination scandal, players have wondered aloud whether Blizzard would do anything...

California lawsuit now alleges Activision-Blizzard HR literally ‘shredded’ evidence

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So who had "Activision-Blizzard gets caught shredding possible evidence in an ongoing lawsuit" on the ol' Blizzard scandal bingo card? Yes, we're back to coverage...

Complete coverage of Blizzard’s sexual discrimination and harassment scandal

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In the summer of 2021, Activision-Blizzard made headlines when the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a civil rights and equal pay...

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