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As the Overwatch team revealed McCree's new name today they also decided to enable a free change for everyone's BattleTag (available until Novemeber 5th)! If you have a 4-digit BattleTag and decide you might want to change it, keep in mind it will be changed into a 5-digit one instead.
Here's the new hero's name and the blue post:
Battle Tag Name Change (Source)
As we introduce a new name, you might have the desire to do the same. Starting 22 October, 2021 and continuing through 5 November, 2021, all players will be offered a free BattleTag name change. This applies to anyone who does not currently have a free name change available. Existing name changes will not stack for future use.
Players can request a name change through this form. You will receive a notification once your request has been processed. Please allow up to four weeks for processing.
Thanks and we’ll see you in game!
The Overwatch Team
According to an internal letter to staff, Activision Blizzard has fired 20 employees and taken significant additional action in connection to the recent harassment lawsuit and all the allegations surrounding it.
The Financial Times initially reported on the 20 employees fired, as the internal staff letter also talked about 20 more that were reprimanded in relation to all the recent and past accusations, as well as a large expansion to the company's ethics and compliance team in order to create a "more accountable workplace". The Financial Times also spoke to Activision Blizzard’s chief compliance officer Frances Townsend (who had a pretty bad initial response to the lawsuit), and while she didn't name the specific employees fired due to legal reasons, she did clarify they included several game developers and a few supervisors, and that the company is trying to earn their team's confidence that new reports will be handled well. She also added that "Kotick and the Board basically gave me a blank cheque" for implementing changes to improve these issues.
Activision Blizzard is also tripling its training resources and is adding 19 full-time roles for its ethics and compliance team. You can read the full story over at the Financial Times or over at Reuters.
According to a new job listing, Blizzard is working on a mobile open-world RPG shooter.
The job description mentions a mobile open-world RPG game and the ideal candidate should have experience working on FPS online/multiplayer games.
Unannounced Project Job Title:
Associate Content Designer Requisition ID:
R008740 Job Description:
Blizzard Entertainment is seeking a talented and passionate associate content designer to collaborate with our design team for an unannounced project. As an associate content designer, you will foster Blizzard’s core value of “Gameplay First” as you collaborate with a team of designers, engineers, and artists responsible for crafting this unannounced project's world.
We are a team of passionate developers that highly values open-minded collaboration, direct, objective feedback, and the eagerness to grab and drive a feature to Blizzard quality. As an associate content designer on the team, you will collaborate closely with design to fill our gameplay spaces with exciting content, while also seeking to match look and feel alongside environment and concept artists. You will be reviewing feedback from playtests and collaborate with your teammates to decide what actions to take. When particularly hard problems arise, you will draw upon the team's collective creativity to finalize a design that meets the project’s needs.
COVID-19 Hiring Update: We’ve transitioned to a work-from-home model and we’re continuing to interview and hire during this time. This role is expected to begin as a remote position. We understand each person’s circumstances may be unique and will work with you to explore possible interim options.
Design and implementation of new events and open world content from conception to the final stages of polish Technical implementation and maintenance of existing events and open world content, ensuring the game’s creative pillars are captured Support other disciplines in their integration of events and open world content Embrace Blizzard's core value of "Every voice matters," creating a safe space for collaboration, communication, and creativity across all disciplines and departments Requirements
Demonstrable experience designing and building game content Technically savvy, with an understanding of tools like Unity, UDK or similar proprietary tools Understanding of RPG reward mechanics Excellent communication & problem-solving skills Self-motivated with strong initiative Able to work to maintain a positive attitude in a creatively driven, highly collaborative, and iterative team environment Pluses
Experience working on an FPS game Knowledge of scripting languages Previous design experience for Online / Multiplayer games Blizzard Entertainment is a global company committed to growing our employees along with the business. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye on providing true work / life balance. We’ve worked hard to foster an intensely collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and training and opportunity for professional growth. Our people are everything. Our core values are real, and our mission has never changed. We are dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Join us!
Source: Game Centric
Activision Blizzard confirmed in a press release that the company reached an agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Activision Blizzard will establish a $18 million dollar victim compensation fund. The company will upgrade policies, practices, and training to prevent and eliminate harassment and discrimination in the workplace, including implementing an expanded performance review system with a new equal opportunity focus. The company will engage a neutral, third-party equal employment opportunity consultant that must be approved by the EEOC. The consultant's findings will be reported directly to the EEOC and Activision Blizzard's Board of Directors. The Company will hire an internal EEO Coordinator with relevant experience in gender discrimination, harassment, and related retaliation to assist the Company and the neutral, third-party EEO consultant with implementation of the agreement’s requirements. (Source)
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 27, 2021-- Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI) today confirmed that, as part of its effort to have the most welcoming, inclusive workplace, it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to settle claims and to further strengthen policies and programs to prevent harassment and discrimination in the company’s workplace. Under the agreement, the principal terms of which are summarized in Attachment A to this press release, Activision Blizzard has committed to create an $18 million fund to compensate and make amends to eligible claimants. Any amounts not used for claimants will be divided between charities that advance women in the video game industry or promote awareness around harassment and gender equality issues as well as company diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, as approved by the EEOC. The agreement is subject to court approval.
The company also announced an initiative to develop software tools and training programs to improve workplace policies and practices for employers across the technology industry.
Commenting on the agreement, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said: “There is no place anywhere at our company for discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind, and I am grateful to the employees who bravely shared their experiences. I am sorry that anyone had to experience inappropriate conduct, and I remain unwavering in my commitment to make Activision Blizzard one of the world’s most inclusive, respected, and respectful workplaces.”
Kotick added: “We will continue to be vigilant in our commitment to the elimination of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. We thank the EEOC for its constructive engagement as we work to fulfill our commitments to eradicate inappropriate conduct in the workplace.”
In addition to the agreed funds, the company is taking additional steps, including:
Upgrading policies, practices, and training to further prevent and eliminate harassment and discrimination in its workplaces, including implementing an expanded performance review system with a new equal opportunity focus; Providing ongoing oversight and review of the Company’s training programs, investigation policies, disciplinary framework and compliance by appointing a third-party equal opportunity consultant whose findings will be regularly reported to our Board of Directors as well as the Commission. About Activision Blizzard
Our mission, to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment has never been more important. Through communities rooted in our video game franchises we enable hundreds of millions of people to experience joy, thrill and achievement. We enable social connections through the lens of fun, and we foster purpose and a sense of accomplishment through healthy competition. Like sport, but with broader accessibility, our players can find purpose and meaning through competitive gaming. Video games, unlike any other social or entertainment media, have the ability to break down the barriers that can inhibit tolerance and understanding. Celebrating differences is at the core of our culture and ensures we can create games for players of diverse backgrounds in the 190 countries our games are played.
As a member of the Fortune 500 and as a component company of the S&P 500, we have an extraordinary track record of delivering superior shareholder returns for over 30 years.
Our enduring franchises are some of the world’s most popular, including Call of Duty®, Crash Bandicoot™, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Hearthstone®, Diablo®, StarCraft®, Candy Crush™, Bubble Witch™, Pet Rescue™ and Farm Heroes™. Our sustained success has enabled the company to support corporate social responsibility initiatives that are directly tied to our franchises. As an example, our Call of Duty Endowment has helped find employment for over 85,000 veterans.
Learn more information about Activision Blizzard and how we connect and engage the world through epic entertainment on the company's website, www.activisionblizzard.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We may, in some cases, use terms such as “predicts,” “believes,” “potential,” “proposed,” “continue,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends,” “may,” “could,” “might,” “will,” “should” or other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes to identify these forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to numerous important factors, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events or results to differ materially from the Company’s current expectations. Such factors include, but are not limited to: court approval of the agreement with the EEOC and successful implementation of the requirements of the agreement with the EEOC as described in this press release, in Attachment A to this press release, and in the agreement with the EEOC. Any forward-looking statements that the Company makes in this press release speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date of this press release.
Summary of Agreement
Below is a summary of the principal terms of the agreement with the EEOC, which is subject to approval by the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Creation of an $18 million fund, with any amounts not used for claimants divided between contributions to non-profit organizations whose mission involves advancing women in the video game and tech sectors or who promote awareness around sexual harassment and gender equality and further investments in diversity and inclusion efforts at the Company that go beyond what we agreed to with the EEOC, all as approved by the EEOC. The Company will upgrade policies, practices, and training to prevent and eliminate harassment and discrimination in the workplace, including implementing an expanded performance review system with a new equal opportunity focus; The Company will engage a neutral, third-party equal employment opportunity consultant – a non-employee who must be approved by the EEOC – who will provide ongoing oversight of the Company’s compliance with the agreement. This independent consultant’s findings will be reported directly to the EEOC and Activision Blizzard’s Board of Directors; and The Company will hire an internal EEO Coordinator with relevant experience in gender discrimination, harassment, and related retaliation to assist the Company and the neutral, third-party EEO consultant with implementation of the agreement’s requirements. Except as otherwise noted in the agreement, its terms will remain in effect for three years from its effective date. The full text of the agreement, which sets out the commitments in detail, is available in the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at investor.activision.com/consent-decree-with-EEOC.
View source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210927005844/en/
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Source: Activision Blizzard, Inc.
Chacko Sonny, the Executive Producer of Overwatch 2, announced he's leaving Activision Blizzard on Friday, according to Bloomberg.
Activision Blizzard has lost an executive in charge of one of Blizzard's biggest upcoming titles -- Overwatch 2, while the company is grappling with the ongoing lawsuit and an investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Chacko Sonny will be leaving the company on Friday. He has not disclosed the reason for his departure. You can read the full post over at Bloomberg.