WoW Still Full of Blizzard Lawsuit Harasser's NPCs, Influence

WoW Still Full of Blizzard Lawsuit Harasser's NPCs, Influence

Yesterday, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard over the company’s allegedly pervasive culture of sexual harasment and discrimination. Content warning: descriptions of sexual harassment The suit alleges that the company has a toxic workplace culture that enables and protects abusers. In response, Activision Blizzard issued a statement denying the claims saying the state of California included “distorted, and in many cases false, descriptions of Blizzard’s past.” But how just long ago was this “past”? As the horrific allegations against Activision Blizzard came to light, one portion of the lawsuit stood out as particularly egregious. According to the complaint, Alex Afrasiabi, a creative director on World of Warcraft, was allegedly so notorious with his behavior that his office was nicknamed the “Crosby Suite” —ostensibly a misspelling of “Cosby” in reference to alleged rapist Bill Cosby. It reads: During a company event (an annual convention called Blizz Con) Afrasiabi would hit on female employees, telling them he wanted to marry them, attempting to kiss them, and putting his arms around them. This was in …
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