Activision Blizzard is currently embroiled in a scandal over charges of toxic workplace culture. Toxic workplace culture is the subject of ongoing litigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) opposed by the gaming corporation.
An important part of this case is clear violations of equal pay statutes and civil rights, in particular, the treatment of women and other marginalized groups in this organization. To learn more about this controversial Singapore news, read on.
How things are being stacked
If you’ve been missing out on all the latest news in Singapore, as a result of the recent Activision Blizzard scandal, LEGO has postponed the distribution of its LEGO Overwatch 2 Titan set.
TheBrickFan says that LEGO is halting the launch of the set in the wake of allegations against Activision Blizzard and the company’s leadership.
During a press conference in December, a present Blizzard employee revealed that she had been demoted after submitting an HR complaint regarding sexual harassment.
Since the Overwatch 2 Titan set was scheduled to be released in only a few days, LEGO’s decision was made at the eleventh hour. It’s not out of the question that these boxes are already on their way to stores, given that the deadline is less than 3 weeks away.
The release of an Overwatch 2 LEGO set representing the combat between Mei and Tracer versus a mechanical Titan has been indefinitely delayed by the LEGO Company. That’s pretty much the toy that has been delayed and circulating across every news Singapore outlet for the past few days.
The name switch of gunslinger McCree to Cassidy and the release date of Overwatch 2 have both sparked debate, but none of these compares to the ongoing debate about Activision Blizzard’s alleged hostile workplace culture.
Activision Blizzard has indeed been embroiled in turmoil since last July, and claims of sexual harassment and xenophobic abuse of female employees have only gotten worse over time.
“Gay Chicken,” is a “game” in which “guys would be encouraged to grasp their male peers’ genitals and the first one to do so would win,” according to several Activision Blizzard employees.
Adding insult to injury, despite CEO Bobby Kotick’s claims that Activision Blizzard was committed to change, a Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that not only had Kotick been aware of the widespread sexual misconduct at his company, but he had also threatened the life of an assistant before agreeing to settle the complaint out of court.
Activision Blizzard CEO Jeff Epstein’s ‘little black book’ includes the name of Activision Blizzard CEO Stephen Kotick, which was retrieved in full via Gawker.
We shouldn’t be surprised that LEGO has taken action against Activision Blizzard given the left and right SG news about the current situation. We now know that Activision Blizzard and the LEGO Company are actively negotiating a new deal.
Left and right delays
LEGO isn’t the only corporation taking a cautious approach to Activision Blizzard’s recent acquisitions. Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, made the same promise to his workers last month. Similarly, Nintendo president Doug Bowser has spoken to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) regarding the behavior of fellow member Activision Blizzard.
Overwatch 2 delays are basically a given at this moment, as the game won’t even be released this year. In order to give Activision Blizzard’s development teams more time, the delay has been implemented. It’s for both the sake of increasing resources and making sure the games themselves are top-notch.
The Overwatch League season for 2022 is expected to feature an early build of Overwatch 2 for professional matches, so it’s difficult to determine what a delay in the sequel means for Esports. I guess all we can do for now is keep our eyes peeled to all the latest Singapore news until then. Also, new heroes were teased by Blizzard.
The World of Warcraft Community Council was also recently unveiled by Blizzard, indicating that the firm is working to improve itself as a whole.