Sexism in Games

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Activision Blizzard’s toxic work culture highlighted again in new reports

The Activision Blizzard lawsuit has empowered many more to come forward with their stories.The fallout from Activision Blizzard‘s lawsuit with the State of California continues. After the company backtracked on its shameful initial response, a number of other incidents have come to light, painting an even more grim picture.A wave of new reports discussed some fairly out-in-the-open practices that women and marginalised groups have been dealing with for years. For those familiar with company culture, the allegations in the lawsuit were not surprising.Sources told IGN that many long-time higher-ups were “untouchable”, particularly those in charge of profitable games, like World…

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Ubisoft CEO responds to open letter from employees, but group says “few points seem to have been addressed”

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has responded to an open letter published by employees earlier this week, and his response hasn’t gone down as well as hoped with those who work at the company.Earlier this week, over 500 (now over 1,000) current and former Ubisoft staff members signed an open letter to the company, criticizing the French publisher’s failure to deliver proper change after last year’s scandal involving members of upper management.In response, company CEO Yves Guillemot sent a mail to employees, reiterating previous statements made after the scandal broke, stating that the company has made “important progress” over the past…

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Ubisoft employees criticize company’s “empty promises” following last year’s allegations

Nearly 500 Ubisoft employees have signed an open letter as they stand in solidarity with Activision Blizzard employees, criticizing the French publisher’s failure to deliver meaningful change after last year’s allegations.As the ongoing fallout to the explosive Activision Blizzard lawsuit continues, Ubisoft employees have signed an open letter showing support to workers walking out of the Activision Blizzard campus in protest of their management’s response to claims made against the company.Addressing Activision Blizzard staff, Ubisoft staff’s open letter (which was shared by Axios reporter Stephen Totilo on Twitter) states: “We hear you and want to loudly declare our solidarity with you….

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Activision Blizzard being investigated by shareholders amid shares slump

By Dom Peppiatt 28 July 2021 10:06 GMT In the wake of ongoing controversies surrounding Activision Blizzard‘s sexual harassment lawsuit, shareholders are investigating the company as its stocks start to slump.Shareholder rights law firm Robbins LLP is investigating Activision Blizzard to determine whether certain Activision officers and directors violated the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and breached their fiduciary duties to the company, according to a note shared on BusinessWire.Pre-market stats suggest the shares are starting to rally – albeit slightly – but overall, Activision Blizzard stocks have dropped by as much as 7% on Tuesday as the legal mess…

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Activision Blizzard sued by California over sexual harassment and bullying allegations

A two-year investigation by the state of California has ended in a lawsuit aimed at Activision Blizzard, citing sexual harassment, bullying, unfair pay, and more besides.Following a two-year investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state has filed a lawsuit against the publisher and developer, alleging the company incubated a “frat boy” culture (via Bloomberg Law).The lawsuit alleges that female employees working for the company – who make up roughly 20% of the workforce – are victims of discrimination in terms of unequal pay, sexual harassment, bullying, and retaliation.CONTENT WARNINGThe investigation that brought the lawsuit to Activision…

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Scavengers suspends co-founder following workplace abuse allegations

By Dom Peppiatt, Thursday, 28 January 2021 16:12 GMT After a report exposed a slew of sexual harassment and abuse allegations against the studio, Scavengers has announced it has indefinitely suspended co-founder and creative director Simon Darveau.A report published by GamesIndustry.biz earlier this week outlined a series of grievous misdemeanors enacted by senior staff at the studio, leading to a “toxic work environment”.Creative director Simon Darveau and his romantic partner (at the time of the studio’s founding) CEO Amelie Lamarche were reportedly mostly to blame for the toxicity in the Montreal-based studio, known for its work on both Darwin Project and…

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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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Suspended Ubisoft executive Tommy Francois leaves

By Sherif Saed, Monday, 3 August 2020 13:24 GMT Ubisoft’s other recently-suspended major executive has left the company.Tommy Francois, VP of editorial and creative services at Ubisoft, has officially left the publisher. Francois, together with longtime executive Maxime Beland were put on administrative leave in June following several allegations of misconduct.This makes Francois the sixth longtime, senior staffer to have left Ubisoft over the past few weeks. The growing list includes VP of editorial Maxime Beland, chief creative officer Serge Hascoet, Canadian studios managing director Yannis Mallat, HR director Cecile Cornet, and PR director Stone Chin. Most of these names…