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UK esports organisation Motif fold after women’s Valorant team report incidents of racism and sexual harassment

Motif Esports, a small UK esports organisation that participated in Valorant and Rocket League, have disbanded after their women’s Valorant team, Violet, suffered alleged abuse within the org. Two of the women, Czech Republic player Rebecca and Scottish player Joanne, shared their experiences in Twitlonger posts here and here respectively. The team have left together and are now known as Karma Valorant. Joanne said: “In my time at Motif, I was sexually harassed by the org founder [Jack ‘JawsYT’]. Continue reading UK esports organisation Motif fold after women’s Valorant team report incidents of racism and sexual harassment

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Activsion CEO reportedly knew about allegations against the company for years; Treyarch co-head quits over sexual harassment report

More accusations against Activision Blizzard have surfaced in a Wall Street Journal report. Activision is once again in the spotlight thanks to a new Wall Street Journal report. In short, Treyarch’s co-head has left the company, a pair of claims have been made against Sledgehammer games, and another accusation has been thrown at Blizzard. Adding to this, the WSJ also reports instances of bad behavior on Bobby Kotick’s part, as well as claims of him seemingly being unconcerned over sexual misconduct allegations made against company superiors. According to the report, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick was apparently aware of the…

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All-chat is being removed from League of Legends to ‘address verbal abuse’

Riot Games has announced it is removing all-chat functionality from League of Legends, meaning opposing teams will no longer be able to type to one another mid-game. /All chat will be disabled in matchmade queues. While there is an in-game setting to disable this, it’s currently optional – this new change will make it compulsory (though Riot has described it as a ‘test’ and will ‘evaluate the impact of this change’ for now). Continue reading All-chat is being removed from League of Legends to ‘address verbal abuse’

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Miss Baffy interview: ‘If somebody joins my stream and they’re sexist, I literally just tell them how much of a fucking idiot they are!’

Miss Baffy is one of the UK’s most popular League of Legends streamers, and she recently joined UK esports organisation LDN UTD. She hopped into a Discord call with Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco to discuss what the partnership will involve, nearing 100,000 followers on Twitch and how she became a streamer, including opening up on her difficult past. Congratulations on your partnership with LDN UTD. What will this involve and why did you team up with them?  Continue reading Miss Baffy interview: ‘If somebody joins my stream and they’re sexist, I literally just tell them how much of…

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Women in Games responds to media reports on harassment in the industry, will reveal new research on toxicity at upcoming conference

Women In Games, the UK-based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting equity and parity for all women and girls in games and esports globally, has issued a statement following the recent media reports on discriminatory and toxic behaviour within the games industry. Two weeks ago, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard over sexual harassment. Other publishers including Ubisoft and Riot Games have been accused of sexual harassment in recent years, highlighting a systemic problem in the games industry – and beyond. Continue reading Women in Games responds to media reports on harassment in…

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Activision Blizzard employees staging walkout in support of lawsuit and to protest current leadership

Activision Blizzard employees will stage a walkout to protest the company’s leadership and in support of the lawsuit brought by the state of California over allegations of harassment and bullying.The walkout will take place tomorrow, July 28, at Blizzard’s campus in Irvine, California.Along with news of the walkout, employees of the company released an official statement with a list of demands it wants company executives to adhere to (thanks, GI.biz).According to the employees, the walkout can be partially attributed to statements made by Activision Blizzard last week regarding the lawsuit along with comments made by Frances Townsend in an internal…

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Blizzard’s J Allen Brack and former president Mike Morhaime respond to California’s lawsuit against the company

In response to the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard brought by the state of California, former president Mike Morhaime and current president J. Allen Brack have issued public and company-focused statements regarding the allegations brought forth in the suit.Earlier this week, it was reported that a two-year investigation by the state of California has brought about a lawsuit aimed at Activision Blizzard. The investigation brought to light multiple accounts of sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, unfair pay, and inappropriate behavior and comments directed at female employees within the company.Now, one former high-level executive at Blizzard, and one current executive, have addressed the…

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59% of women gamers say they adopt a non-gendered or male identity to avoid harassment while playing online

Image source: FemaleLegends More than half of women gamers say they mask their identity when playing online, according to a new survey. Reach3 Insights and Lenovo surveyed 900 women across China, Germany and the US, and 98 men in the US, capturing quantitative and qualitative data – including video selfies – ‘in order to get a deep understanding of the experience of women gamers’. The research found that 59% of women use either a non-gendered or male identity when playing games online to avoid conflict. Continue reading 59% of women gamers say they adopt a non-gendered or male identity to…

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You probably shouldn’t say ‘simp’, ‘incel’ or ‘virgin’ on Twitch anymore

Twitch is updating its hateful conduct and harassment policy soon and as part of the new measures, users are going to be discouraged from using the words ‘simp’, ‘incel’, and ‘virgin’.Last week, Twitch announced widespread changes to its policies around harassment and hateful conduct that will be coming into place on January 22, 2021.As per the streaming platform “women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, Black, Indigenous, and people of color” are frequently harassed on the site, and now bold new measures are being put in place to better safeguard the community and create a more positive, productive space.The new guidelines,…

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Rocksteady issues official response to harassment claims

Rocksteady has issued an official response to allegations of harassment in the workplace.According to Rocksteady since the initial 2018 letter regarding harassment of female employees was received, it has dealt with the issues raised.Rocksteady states that in response to the initial communication, it met with female staff and “dealt with the issues raised.”“All formal complaints were thoroughly investigated, addressed appropriately and a number of serious measures were taken in response to the issues that were surfaced, including discipline or termination of staff,” reads the statement.Since the issues were brought to light, it implemented ways of ensuring it “makes good” on…