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Blizzards Head of Global Human Resources is No Longer with the Company Blizzard's Head of Global Human Resources is No Longer with the Company J. Allen Brack isn't the only executive leaving Blizzard today. Jesse Meschuk, Blizzard's head of global Human Resources, has now departed too, according to The Verge and Bloomberg. Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments Today at 21:42 by Stan
Activision Blizzard Q2 2021 Financial Results Press Release Activision Blizzard Q2 2021 Financial Results Press Release The financial details of Activision Blizzard's second quarter of 2021 have been posted in a press release ahead of the earnings call today, which also addresses the lawsuit and the working environment in the company. Blizzard Blizzard Today at 20:55 by Staff
New Leadership at Blizzard New Leadership at Blizzard J. Allen Brack is stepping down as the leader of the studio, and Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will co-lead Blizzard going forward. Blizzard Blizzard 13 comments Today at 12:34 by Staff
J. Allen Brack Game Makers Notebook Interview From Just Before the Lawsuit J. Allen Brack Game Maker's Notebook Interview From Just Before the Lawsuit Here's a seemingly overlooked interview with Blizzard President J. Allen Brack, which came in just before the recent lawsuit and everything that came with it (only 2 days before in fact). In the interview, Brack talks about his time and company structure at Blizzard, gaming in general, as well as inclusiveness at the company, women in the gaming industry and more. Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Today at 07:10 by Starym
A Look at the Activision Blizzard Walkout Protest A Look at the Activision Blizzard Walkout Protest Earlier today Activision Blizzard staff held a walkout protest related to the recent sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit and their treatment at the company, and many more than were expected showed up. Blizzard Blizzard 17 comments Jul 29, 2021 at 06:36 by Staff
Activision Blizzard Employees Response to Bobby Koticks Statement Activision Blizzard Employees' Response to Bobby Kotick's Statement Activision Blizzard employees have now responded to Bobby Kotick's statement via IGN and are organizing a walkout protest today. Blizzard Blizzard 5 comments Jul 28, 2021 at 19:13 by Stan
Blizzard Offers Paid Time Off for Wednesdays Walkout Protest Blizzard Offers Paid Time Off for Wednesday's Walkout Protest Blizzard will be offering paid time off during the walkout protest on Wednesday, July 28th. This comes from Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, a veteran games journalist with many sources in the industry, who has been covering the Activision Blizzard lawsuit since it was first reported. Blizzard Blizzard 10 comments Jul 27, 2021 at 22:32 by Starym
Activision Blizzard Employee Walkout Protest on Wednesday, July 28th Activision Blizzard Employee Walkout Protest on Wednesday, July 28th Many Activision Blizzard employees have decided to stage a walkout protest in response to the statements made by the company's legal counsel and the latter internal statement by Frances Townsend. The walkout is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday July 28th, and follows an open letter responding to the above statements, which has now been signed by over 2500 employees, and aims to get Activision Blizzard executives to work with the staff on improving working conditions: Blizzard Blizzard 14 comments Jul 27, 2021 at 20:20 by Starym
Critical Open Letter Signed by over 1000 Current and Former Activision Blizzard Employees Critical Open Letter Signed by over 1000 Current and Former Activision Blizzard Employees An open letter criticizing the company's responses and statements in relation to the lawsuit has been sent to several publications, including Bloomberg (who initially reported on the lawsuit) and Polygon, signed by over 1000 current and former Activision Blizzard employees.  Blizzard Blizzard 20 comments Jul 26, 2021 at 20:59 by Starym
Lawyer Reviews of the Activision Blizzard Lawsuit (Videos) Lawyer Reviews of the Activision Blizzard Lawsuit (Videos) We have two videos going into the details of the actual lawsuit aimed at Activision Blizzard, from how the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing works, opinions on the suit's outcomes, what exactly the details mean and a lot more. Blizzard Blizzard 16 comments Jul 26, 2021 at 19:10 by Starym
Ben Brode Talks About a Harrasment Situation, Reports and Firings and More Ben Brode Talks About a Harrasment Situation, Reports and Firings and More We now have former Hearthstone Game Director and one of its chief architects, Ben Brode, speaking out in relation to the accusations of the Activision Blizzard lawsuit. He talks about a situation where a colleague confided in him about a harassment situation, as well as mentions several firings that resulted from his own reports to HR and about whether a toxic work environment was why he left the company. Blizzard Blizzard 1 comment Jul 26, 2021 at 03:34 by Starym
Blizzard Staff Respond to Lawsuit and Internal Mails Blizzard Staff Respond to Lawsuit and Internal Mails We've seen the statements from both current and former Blizzard higher-ups, as well as Activision Blizzard's Corporate Affairs Vice President, so now it's time to see what the reactions were from some of the staff working at Blizzard. Blizzard Blizzard 4 comments Jul 25, 2021 at 07:58 by Starym
Updated: (Comments on Afrasiabi) Chris Metzens Response to the Activision Blizzard Lawsuit Updated: (Comments on Afrasiabi) Chris Metzen's Response to the Activision Blizzard Lawsuit We have an update on Chris Metzen's remarks in relation to the lawsuit, as he tweeted out some comments on his time with Alex Afrasiabi (who was specifically named in some claims in the lawsuit). Blizzard Blizzard 11 comments Jul 24, 2021 at 23:57 by Starym
Mike Morhaime, Former Blizzard CEO, Responds to the Lawsuit Allegations Mike Morhaime, Former Blizzard CEO, Responds to the Lawsuit Allegations We now have a response on the subject of the sexual harrassment and discrimination lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard from the former CEO and co-founder of Blizzard, Mike Morhaime, as well. The investigation itself hadn't started by the time he left the company, but some of the allegations in it came during his tenure as CEO.  Blizzard Blizzard 14 comments Jul 24, 2021 at 05:22 by Starym
A Different Kind of Letter from Activision Blizzard Executive Fran Townsend A Different Kind of Letter from Activision Blizzard Executive Fran Townsend Activision Blizzard executive vice president for corporate affairs Fran Townsend who joined Activision in March sent out a different kind of e-mail that has some Blizzard employees fuming, according to Jason Schreier. Blizzard Blizzard Jul 23, 2021 at 19:08 by Stan
Global Battle.net Rolling Out Today Global Battle.net Rolling Out Today Later today, Blizzard is making Battle.net global, meaning friends lists from different territories will be merged into one, so you won't need to switch regions in Battle.net. This excludes China. Battle.net Battle.net 9 comments Jun 09, 2021 at 17:30 by Staff
Environment States in Overwatch 2 Environment States in Overwatch 2 The Overwatch 2 engineering team takes us through environment states in Overwatch 2 and how the scenarios make the game feel different every time you play. Overwatch 2 OW2 Jun 09, 2021 at 16:07 by Staff
No BlizzCon Planned for 2021 No BlizzCon Planned for 2021 Due to the ongoing health crisis, Blizzard revealed there won't be a BlizzCon this year either and we can expect a similar event to BlizzConline 2021 in early 2022. BlizzCon BlizzCon 19 comments May 26, 2021 at 17:27 by Staff
IGN Report on Blizzard Departures and the Companys Future, With Insider Info IGN Report on Blizzard Departures and the Company's Future, With Insider Info There have been many high-profile departures from Blizzard over the past years, with a couple happening just in the past month or so, and talk surrounding them and Blizzard's decline/change/fate have also been increasing consistently. This lead to IGN's Kat Bailey putting together a special report focusing on all of the departures and the current situation at Blizzard, talking to various developers both still working at the company and that have left it, to get a clear picture. The piece is very in-depth and takes a broader look at what's been happening, outside of the regularly heard doom and gloom attributed to the recent departures. We'll get into some of the highlights of the article, but if you're even a little interested in the topic you should absolutely take some time and read the full article over on IGN. Blizzard Blizzard 12 comments May 22, 2021 at 07:59 by Starym
First Look at the PvP Changes Coming to Overwatch 2 First Look at the PvP Changes Coming to Overwatch 2 The Overwatch team held a PvP-focused stream for the sequel, talking about changes to the game with the release/upgrade of the second edition, including a swap to a 5v5, 1 tank, 2 damage and 2 support format, new maps, new game modes and more. Overwatch 2 OW2 5 comments May 21, 2021 at 04:02 by Staff
From the Vault: The Overwatch Anniversary 2021 Collection Live on the Blizzard Store From the Vault: The Overwatch Anniversary 2021 Collection Live on the Blizzard Store Here's a new entry to the "From the Vault" line of Blizzard Store products, with the Overwatch anniversary taking over! Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments May 13, 2021 at 21:50 by Staff
Enthusiast Gaming Acquires Icy Veins Enthusiast Gaming Acquires Icy Veins Icy Veins is joining the Enthusiast Gaming network. The existing team is staying on and will work with Enthusiast Gaming to maintain what you have come to expect from Icy Veins, but also develop new content and keep improving user experience. Icy Veins Icy Veins 46 comments May 10, 2021 at 14:24 by Damien
Activision Blizzard Q1 2021 Earnings Call Activision Blizzard Q1 2021 Earnings Call Blizzard held its first earnings call of 2021 yesterday and here are the highlights. Blizzard Blizzard 5 comments May 05, 2021 at 15:44 by Staff
New Leadership for Overwatch After Jeff Kaplan Leaves Blizzard New Leadership for Overwatch After Jeff Kaplan Leaves Blizzard Jeff Kaplan today announced he's leaving Blizzard after 19 years. Overwatch leadership has been passed on to Aaron Keller, a Blizzard veteran and founding member of the Overwatch team, who is the new Game Director. Blizzard Blizzard 14 comments Apr 20, 2021 at 18:00 by Staff
David Kim Leaves Blizzard (WoW Principal Designer and Former Diablo 4 Lead Systems Designer) David Kim Leaves Blizzard (WoW Principal Designer and Former Diablo 4 Lead Systems Designer) In a somewhat surprising announcement, it seems David Kim has left Blizzard Entertainment earlier today, as spotted by WRHeronkill. After heading up the Diablo 4 systems team since 2017, Kim moved on to the Principal Game Designer role for World of Warcraft in the latter half of 2020, and has now announced he is leaving the company: Blizzard Blizzard 9 comments Apr 16, 2021 at 07:18 by Starym
Blizzard Begins Monthly Collectible Series for 30th Anniversary with Lich King Statue & Concept Art Print Blizzard Begins Monthly Collectible Series for 30th Anniversary with Lich King Statue & Concept Art Print Blizzard celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and announced an all-new limited release series called "From the Vault." This month, you can pre-purchase a 26" high Lich King resin statue and a concept art print of Prince Arthas. Blizzard Blizzard 4 comments Apr 09, 2021 at 10:48 by Staff
The Grandfather of Classic Omar Gonzalez Left Blizzard for Dreamhaven The "Grandfather" of Classic Omar Gonzalez Left Blizzard for Dreamhaven Omar Gonzalez, one of the "creators" of WoW Classic, has left Blizzard for Dreamhaven. Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Apr 03, 2021 at 12:47 by Stan
Crash Bandicoot: Its About Time Available on Battle.net Crash Bandicoot: It's About Time Available on Battle.net Crash Bandicoot 4 is now available on Battle.net. Battle.net Battle.net 2 comments Mar 26, 2021 at 15:21 by Staff
Icy Veins 10-Year Anniversary Giveaway! Icy Veins 10-Year Anniversary Giveaway! Today is the 10th anniversary of Icy Veins. We launched the site on the 21st of March 2011. What a journey it's been! To mark the occasion, we're organizing a huge giveaway with tons of really cool prizes. From extremely rare mounts to US and EU Mythic Nathria runs or epic Blizzard store items and more, there's a lot to win if you celebrate with us. It will run until the 28th of March. Icy Veins Icy Veins 37 comments Mar 21, 2021 at 20:00 by Damien
Activision Blizzard Plans to Lay Off Even More Employees Activision Blizzard Plans to Lay Off Even More Employees Activision Blizzard apparently plans to lay off even more of its employees and consolidate its EU publishing offices to the UK. Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Mar 20, 2021 at 23:06 by Stan
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