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2 Nov 2021

Kellen Browning, The New York Times

Activision Blizzard commits to improving diversity & workplace culture

Activision Blizzard, the embattled video game company behind Call of Duty and other titles, announced a slate of new initiatives ... aimed at improving diversity and the company’s work environment. The company has faced intense pressure since July [2021], when a lawsuit from a California fair employment agency accused the video game publisher of fostering a frat-like culture in which sexual harassment and gender discrimination were rampant.

... In contrast to past changes announced by the company, ... the announcements on ... were met with cautious optimism from Activision employees and activists who had been pushing the company to make changes in recent months.

... “This is what happens when we work together to create a better future for game devs in our company,” tweeted ABetterABK, the group of workers at Activision and its subsidiaries, Blizzard and King, who have been fighting for improvements. “Together we will continue to push for other changes that need to be made so that we can make a better ABK.”