So, World of Warcraft players have finally organized an in-game protest in connection with allegations of sexual discrimination made in Activision Blizzard by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. During a protest organized by the role-playing guild Fence Macabre, players go to the Oribos Social Center to protest Activision Blizzard over allegations that it promoted a “frat boy culture”.”
The sit-in protest, as Polygon said earlier today, led to players flooding into the Oribos social center on Wyrmrest Accord to protest the MMO developer after the accusations. According to Cass Marshall of Polygon, the protesters took the opportunity to express dissatisfaction with Blizzard employees or simply say goodbye to other role-playing players when they leave World of Warcraft in protest against the company.
As part of the Fence Macabre sit-in protest, they are raising money for Black Girls Code, a non-profit organization that teaches girls aged 7-17 to code. You can donate here, and at the time of writing this article, the RP guild has collected donations in the amount of just over 3 thousand dollars. Speaking to Polygon, Hinahina Gray, the deputy of the role-playing games guild, many of those they spoke to were “undecided” as to whether they would stick with WoW after the trial.
Hinahina Gray, a lawmaker with a creepy fence and an authenticity reader who represents the point of view of native Hawaiians for the media, told Polygon about the protest. “Some people who have joined us are still undecided, discussing the possibility of leaving the communities they oversaw, “ she wrote in a message about the differences. “It’s never an easy decision to leave such a big emotional investment behind. Most of the people here have canceled their submarine. We wanted to hold an in-game protest, as this would allow people from all over the world to sit down and join us. Since we still have game time, we could try to do something with it.”
The lawsuit, which was and is being discussed, was filed in the Los Angeles Supreme Court on Tuesday, although the reports began to arrive only late on Wednesday evening. The complaint, filed by the state of California, alleges that Activision Blizzard encouraged a “frat boy culture” in which there was discrimination and harassment against female employees. Activision Blizzard, for its part, denied the allegations and also opposed the investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing in a statement when the news broke last night.