Activision Blizzard Renames Overwatch’s McCree To Cole Cassidy

Activision Blizzard has renamed Overwatch hero Jesse McCree to Cole Cassidy.  Amidst California’s ongoing lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, which is occurring over reported toxic workplace culture, it was revealed that Overwatch character Jesse McCree was named after a Blizzard veteran of the same name who left the company in August. The real-life McCree was one […]

Activision Blizzard reports 20 people have exited company and 20 more disciplined

Activision Blizzard reported that 20 people have exited company and 20 more have been disciplined in its investigation of allegations of sex discrimination at the big video game giant. The company said it has also added three full-time positions to our its ethics and compliance team and is planning to add 19 more in the […]

Activision Blizzard Recent EEOC Lawsuit Settles For Less Than Quarter Of CEO's Earnings

Last week, a new report surrounding the Activision Blizzard lawsuit(s) came to light when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an investigation into some of the publisher’s leading figures, including CEO Bobby Kotick. In response to Kotick’s workplace initiatives press release (also last week), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has become the most recent […]

Activision Blizzard hit with federal investigation, Bobby Kotick subpoenaed

Activision Blizzard now faces a federal investigation, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, into how the company has handled employee allegations of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. The company’s workplace environment has faced public scrutiny since California authorities filed suit to prosecute similar claims back in July. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission […]

Blizzard will rename Overwatch’s Jesse McCree

Blizzard Entertainment says it will rename McCree, Overwatch’s outlaw bounty hunter, after his real-life namesake, former game designer Jesse McCree, was let go from the studio in the wake of a sexual harassment and gender discrimination lawsuit filed against publisher Activision Blizzard. “We believe it’s necessary to change the name of the hero currently known […]

Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack steps down

J. Allen Brack, the head of Blizzard Entertainment, has stepped down from his position as president, the company announced Tuesday. Activision Blizzard told staff Tuesday morning that Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will “co-lead” the company. Activision Blizzard employees walked out of work last week to protest leadership response to a lawsuit that alleged “constant […]

Blizzard gives us a new look at Diablo 4’s classes and classic enemies

Blizzard Entertainment’s next Diablo may still be a long way off, but a new look at the game’s artwork, ranging from character classes, to new and reimagined monsters, to smaller details like armor dyes, shows how Diablo 4 is progressing. In a blog post published Wednesday, Diablo 4 art director John Mueller, lead character artist […]

Blizzard Has Canceled BlizzCon 2021, Will Hold Global Event In Early 2022

On Twitter this afternoon, Blizzard announced that plans for BlizzCon 2021 have been canceled. Originally set to take place this November at the Anaheim Convention Center in California, the company has decided to err on the side of caution with the uncertainty around COVID-19 guidelines in California. A short blog post details these issues and […]