Activision Blizzard, which titles such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft, and last year generated revenues of over $ 8 billion, is the latest in a line of gaming giants facing criticism of workplace culture. The CEO of Riot Games, the company behind the hugely popular League of Legends, has been charged with sexual harassment in February by a former employee - just one year after paying $ 10 million to over 1,000 women to settle discrimination lawsuit . Last year dozens of accusations of sexual harassment at Ubisoft , which publishes Assassin 's Creed, led to the resignation of thr ee executives .
Illustrating the claims that DFEH made against Activision is an office ritual called "cube crawls ", in which men allegedly drink "heavy alcohol ", crawl through office cubicles and engage in" inappropriate behavior "that includes trial and error. The trial describes incidents of confrontation, including allegations that an employeee committed suicide while traveling on business as a result of a toxic relationship with a supervisor.
Activision-Blizzard strongly rejected the lawsuit in a statement released to the media. "The DFEH includes distorted, and in many cases false, deions of Blizzard's past," he said, accusing the State Department of filing a rushed and inaccurate report. The company said it was "sickened " by the inclusion of the "tragic suicide of an employee whose death has no bearing " on the case.
"The image that the DFEH brushes is not the Blizzard workspace of today. In recent years and since the start of the initial investigation , we have made significant changes to reflect the corporate culture and reflect more
Beyond workplace harassment, DFEH trial also alleges systematic discrimination againstwith regard to women. Women are paid less for the same work, according to the lawsuit, and are subject to greater scrutiny. The ministry criticized Activision-Blizzard for employing fewer women than men - it said 20% of the company's employees were women - and for its all-white and male "top executives". Out of the 12 senior positions listed on the firm's website , three are held by women.