Blizzard confirms it fired ex-World of Warcraft designer for ‘misconduct’

Blizzard Leisure terminated former World of Warcraft artistic director Alex Afrasiabi, a developer named in a lawsuit in opposition to Activision Blizzard who was alleged to have “engage[d] in blatant sexual harassment with little to no repercussions,” in 2020 after an inside investigation, in response to an announcement the studio gave to Kotaku.

Information of Afrasiabi’s firing in the summertime of 2020 is a component of a bigger Kotaku report on the so-called Cosby Suite at BlizzCon talked about within the California Division of Honest Employment and Housing’s lawsuit in opposition to Activision Blizzard. In response to courtroom paperwork, “Afrasiabi was so known to engage in harassment of females that his suite was nicknamed the ‘Crosby Suite’ [sic] after alleged rapist Bill Crosby [sic].”

Kotaku’s report, which incorporates images of and textual content messages in regards to the Cosby Suite posted on social media in 2013, exhibits a number of present and former Blizzard Leisure staff posing in a resort room with a framed photograph of Invoice Cosby, who had by that time been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting girls for many years.

An worker introduced the 2013 occasions to Blizzard’s consideration in June 2020, in response to the assertion Blizzard offered to Kotaku. Blizzard mentioned it had already terminated Afrasiabi by then, on account of a separate investigation.

Go learn the total report on Kotaku for added particulars.

California regulators sued Activision Blizzard final week after a two-year investigation into the corporate. The lawsuit alleges that Activision Blizzard enabled a “frat boy” office tradition that topics its feminine staff to gender-based discrimination and “constant sexual harassment.” Prime executives, together with Blizzard president J. Allen Brack, are named within the lawsuit for understanding about and enabling this habits.

The lawsuit opened the floodgates on social media, the place present and former Activision Blizzard staff have informed tales of harassment, discrimination, and different inappropriate habits on the firm.

A number of ex-Blizzard staff, together with former executives reminiscent of senior vp Chris Metzen and president and co-founder Mike Morhaime, have spoken out over the previous week in regards to the allegations made within the lawsuit. In statements printed on social media, Metzen and Morhaime apologized for his or her roles in creating the corporate’s so-called frat boy tradition. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick apologized to staff Tuesday for the corporate’s preliminary response to allegations of office misconduct, calling it “tone deaf.”

Activision Blizzard staff protested the corporate’s response to the go well with and demanded modifications to company tradition as a part of an organized walkout from work on Wednesday.

Jobber Wiki creator Frank Lengthy added to this report.