Blizzard co-founder and former govt Mike Morhaime has damaged his silence on the harrowing allegations levelled in opposition to Activision Blizzard, who has been sued by the state of California for discrimination, sexual harassment, and poisonous work tradition.
Morhaime penned his ideas in a TwitLonger submit, during which he admitted that he’s “ashamed” of the allegations, which had been made after a prolonged, unbiased investigation by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. He additional admitted to “failing” feminine staff, many of whom are nonetheless working within the business and risked their careers to speak about their experiences.
Morhaime, who led Blizzard for nearly 30 years, acknowledged that harassment and discrimination exist within the business and stated that he looks like he didn’t do sufficient to “stamp out” toxicity and harassment. He added:
I understand that these are simply phrases, however I needed to acknowledge the ladies who had terrible experiences. I hear you, I imagine you, and I’m so sorry to have allow you to down. I need to hear your tales, if you’re prepared to share them. As a frontrunner in our business, I can and can use my affect to assist drive optimistic change and to fight misogyny, discrimination, and harassment wherever I can. I imagine we are able to do higher, and I imagine the gaming business is usually a place the place girls and minorities are welcomed, included, supported, acknowledged, rewarded, and finally unimpeded from the chance to make the kinds of contributions that each one of us be a part of this business to make. I would like the mark I depart on this business to be one thing that we are able to all be proud of.
While some former staff appreciated Morhaime’s mea culpa, others really feel that it’s too little too late.