Blizzard employees are organizing a walkout this Wednesday (July 28, 2021) to protest the company’s absolute shit response to the sexual harassment lawsuit. If you’re still playing Activision/Blizzard games, tomorrow would be a good day to show solidarity with Blizzard workers by not playing those games. Don’t cross the digital picket line!! No WoW. No Call of Duty. No Overwatch. Bring Blizzard and Activision’s online engagement down and boost the hashtag #actiblizzwalkout
I also want to call attention to this specific part of the lawsuit which I feel get left out of most of the articles and summaries - Black Women at Activision-Blizzard are micromanaged to an absurd degree and are often pushed into doing the work of their white male peers for them, while they spent the extra time off playing video games.
just like to remind everyone that blizzard renaming mccree in no way makes meaningful reparations toward the family of the woman they sexually harassed so virulently that she took her own life, nor to the other victims of sexual harassment, racialized harassment and workplace exploitation in activision blizzard
This is a full work stoppage until demands are met. Follow the link to donate to the ABK Worker's Alliance Strike Fund.
As always, don't cross the picket line and note this is not a short walk-out, but a full strike that could likely last weeks to months. If you were going to buy ABK games or products during this time, donate to the strike fund instead. This is our way to help take a stand and show those at ABK, and all video game companies, that this kind of behavior will no longer be tolerated by consumers.
One ex-Blizzard source familiar with the people presented in the pictures identified an HR representative as one of the Blizzard employees present in the hotel room. Another image from the same Facebook album shows a screenshot of a 2013 group chat called the “Blizzcon Cosby Crew.” In it, former Blizzard designer David Kosak writes, “I am gathering the hot chixx for the Coz.”
“Bring em,” replies Afrasiabi. “You can’t marry ALL of them Alex,” Kosak writes. “I can, I’m middle eastern,” responds Afrasiabi. Jesse McCree, currently a lead game designer at Blizzard, then writes, “You misspelled fuck.”
Cory Stockton, currently a lead game designer at Blizzard, and Greg Street, former Blizzard developer currently working on a new MMO at Riot Games, were also present in the chat."
TL;DR: Employees are walking out on July 28th. If you wish to support them in doing so, they've asked that you use the hashtag #ActiBlizzWalkout and a blue heart emoji. They also ask that you consider donating to any of the following charities: