Whatever happens around Activision Blizzard is now speaking for itself at this point.
If the QA testers’ firing at Raven Software wasn’t enough, how about the studio itself protesting in a walkout, followed by several other studios within the publisher? But wait, there’s more; we have another story: Lisa Bloom is a well-known lawyer, and she held a “press conference” on Instagram with Christine. Her surname is withheld for the sake of her privacy, and since she was the victim, we respect such a decision.
Here’s what she said: “Working at Blizzard was my dream job. When I first heard about all the talented people working at Blizzard, I knew that was somewhere I wanted to work. I was so excited to be a part of a community that seemed to care so much about its employees. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen for me. Since I’ve been employed at Blizzard, I’ve been subjected to rude comments about my body, unwanted sexual advances, inappropriately touched, subjected to alcohol-fueled team events and “cube crawls,” invited to have casual sex with my supervisors, and surrounded by a frat boy culture that’s detrimental to women.
When I complained to my supervisors, I was told they were “just joking”, plus I should get over it. I began to remove myself from work events to avoid sexual comments and groping. I was told not to go to HR. After I complained of sexual harassment, I was demoted. I was then further harassed and retaliated against. I’ve been denied my full profit-sharing, denied shares in the company, and had minimal raises in the four years I’ve been employed with Blizzard,” Christine said.
Bloom would represent anyone who has suffered harassment or discrimination at Activision Blizzard (not just Christine), which has the potential to fuel the case into a class-action lawsuit. Bloom has three demands: 1) a streamlined process for affected parties to resolve claims, with an expanded $100 million compensation fund, 2) a “real” apology to victims, and 3) an outside revue of the career damage those affected have suffered.
Bloom has previously represented women in several high-profile sexual misconduct cases (including those against Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, and Donald Trump). Thus, the publisher CANNOT ignore this issue whatsoever.