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Activision-Blizzard’s board launched an extraneous ‘workplace responsibility’ committee overnight

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Happy Tuesday morning! I have an exercise to get your side-eyes and eye-rolls all warmed up, in the form of a letter dispatched by...

Bobby Kotick considers leaving Activision-Blizzard if he can’t quickly fix its ongoing frat boy culture

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Last week, reporting from the Wall Street Journal blew the lid off of fresh allegations leveraged at Activision-Blizzard, including attempts by CEO Bobby Kotick...
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Activision-Blizzard workers and industry giants join chorus calling for Bobby Kotick’s resignation

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People across the gaming industry are adding to the calls for Activision-Blizzard's Bobby Kotick to resign - or be removed. As we've been covering, earlier...

Some Activision-Blizzard shareholders join calls for Bobby Kotick’s ouster

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Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published an explosive piece that compounded the ongoing Activision-Blizzard sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits and scandal. The Journal detailed...

Activision-Blizzard’s Bobby Kotick hit with new accusations, Jen Oneal speaks up, employees walk out

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Oh my sweet summer child, you thought Activision-Blizzard might make it a whole week without another story in its ongoing sexual discrimination and harassment...

Activision-Blizzard labor organizers score win for contractors as the Actiblizz lawsuits continue

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Last week, following the brutal Activision-Blizzard investor call that saw the delay of multiple Blizzard titles and a stock plummet, the A Better ABK...
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Activision-Blizzard Q3 2021: Blizzard MAUs hold steady at 26M as Diablo II Resurrected drives revenues

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Welcome back to our quarterly coverage of Activision-Blizzard's quarterly financials, the release day of which has become one of the schadenfreude highlights of each...
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Blizzard fully assimilates Diablo II: Resurrected’s Vicarious Visions

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It's always with a vague sense of unease that we witness studios acquired by larger game developers and then, more often than not, completely...

Activision-Blizzard partly meets some worker demands, dramatically cuts Bobby Kotick’s compensation

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At 5:15 a.m. EDT this morning, Activision-Blizzard's PR team dropped a lengthy letter from CEO Bobby Kotick, addressing everything from the ongoing pandemic to...

Blizzard has now fully canceled BlizzConline, originally slated for early 2022

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Well, today's Blizzard news isn't going to surprise anyone: The company has canceled its upcoming BlizzConline event. The online event was originally set for early...
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Activision-Blizzard is denied its request to pause the DFEH lawsuit

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Over the course of Activision-Blizzard's continued legal and federal scrutiny for its sexual harassment and discrimination issues, a strange wrinkle had developed. Readers will...

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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...

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