Players across platforms are not logged in Call of Duty: Warzone, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, or the rest of Activision Blizzard’s games in solidarity with the developers leaving the company today.
The Activision Blizzard walkout was organized by developers at the company in response to egregious allegations brought against the company in a recent lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Housing and Employment. The lawsuit, filed after a two-year investigation by the department, alleges that Activision Blizzard has fostered a culture of “team brotherhood” in which sexual harassment and discrimination are common . The lawsuit goes on to say that women are routinely denied promotion, which goes to men who are less experienced and paid less for the same work.
Across Twitter, players are using the hashtag ActiBlizzWalkout to show their support for Activision Blizzard employees. Many players are encouraging others not to cross the “picky line” formed by developers at the company by avoiding any game with Activision or Blizzard’s name on it. Besides the games mentioned earlier, players will avoid some major franchises, including Crash Bandicoot, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Spyro, and Guitar Hero.
I stand in solidarity with #ActiBlizzWalkout today and will not play or stream any of their games. I am inspired by the bravery of those who have gone before and have told their stories that there are very real risks to themselves and their careers, and I hope they find justice. pic.twitter.com/8Ml1fc1noP
& mdash; Brian Kibler (@bmkibler) July 28, 2021
Today’s walkout isn’t the first reaction that developers at a major game company have had to sue. Earlier this week, a senior system designer for World of Warcraft says that “almost no work is done on” World of Warcraft right now while this obscenity goes on. “
Activision Blizzard has made numerous public and internal statements regarding the lawsuit, but they have been branded “tone deaf” by employees and even the company’s CEO, Bobby Kotick. Kotick released yesterday his own statement, in which he calls for “acting quickly to be the compassionate, caring company you come to work for and ensure a safe environment.”