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Well, this doesn't bode well for Activision-Blizzard. 馃憖

Following a two-year investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state has filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for fostering a "frat boy" culture in which female employees are allegedly subjected to unequal pay and sexual harassment.
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Source: Activision Blizzard Sued by California Over Allegations of 'Frat Boy Culture' And Sexual Harassment - IGN
 

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***... Blizzard is really not the same company anymore..
 

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***... Blizzard is really not the same company anymore..
What makes you think this type of frat party company there didn't exist before?
They weren't the same company even before activision merged with their parent company. They changed like 4 hands (or a bit more) before that.
You have no idea what has been going on in there since.
 

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And some people still think they aren't capable of incorporating sbmm/eomm into cod.

People have been sounding the alarm about them for a long time from internal to the things they do to their game(s).

Come to think of it SBMM/EOMM does have a 'frat boy' mentality to it.

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Oh yeah, remember this?

Bungie has given a final salute and a long goodbye to their publisher Activision. As reported by Kotaku, the Bungie office supposedly celebrated with a huge announcement of what the future holds as well as champagne and cheering.
Now I know why.
 

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Damn, had no idea about the suicide thing. That's pretty horrible. Everyone she worked with seeing nude pics of her, man that must have been an extremely hostile workplace.
 

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I cannot imagine the mindset that would forward pictures like that. Of a work colleague too? :sick:

It sounds like a lot of people need to be fired ASAP, they need enough turn over to change the culture, which is not easy to do. Finding a scapegoat won't be enough and fining the business doesn't really do anything. That would just be "cost of doing business" if the managers/executives are still the same people.
 

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I cannot imagine the mindset that would forward pictures like that. Of a work colleague too? :sick:

It sounds like a lot of people need to be fired ASAP, they need enough turn over to change the culture, which is not easy to do. Finding a scapegoat won't be enough and fining the business doesn't really do anything. That would just be "cost of doing business" if the managers/executives are still the same people.
I think whoever shared the pics probably committed a crime and can be charged.
 

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What makes you think this type of frat party company there didn't exist before?
They weren't the same company even before activision merged with their parent company. They changed like 4 hands (or a bit more) before that.
You have no idea what has been going on in there since.
Because before there were no females in the company or at least very very few and the few that may have been were also probably not young.

I think whoever shared the pics probably committed a crime and can be charged.
It would fall under revenge porn laws and each state is different for California,
  • Distributing the images, where the victim is identifiable;
  • With the intent to cause serious emotional distress to the victim; and
  • The victim actually suffered such distress.
Misdemeanor, up to six months in jail, fine up to $1,000.

The penalty even if found guilty isn't very severe. Good lawyer will get the whole thing either thrown out or the most minimal sentencing by arguing their client didn't have malicious intent.
 

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According to the complaint, filed Tuesday in the Los Angeles Superior Court, female employees make up around 20% of the Activision workforce, and are subjected to a 鈥減ervasive frat boy workplace culture,鈥 including 鈥渃ube crawls,鈥 in which male employees 鈥渄rink copious amounts of alcohol as they crawl their way through various cubicles in the office and often engage in inappropriate behavior toward female employees.鈥
 

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Because before there were no females in the company or at least very very few and the few that may have been were also probably not young.


It would fall under revenge porn laws and each state is different for California,
  • Distributing the images, where the victim is identifiable;
  • With the intent to cause serious emotional distress to the victim; and
  • The victim actually suffered such distress.
Misdemeanor, up to six months in jail, fine up to $1,000.

The penalty even if found guilty isn't very severe. Good lawyer will get the whole thing either thrown out or the most minimal sentencing by arguing their client didn't have malicious intent.
Hopefully they can charge for more then just that then. Seems like distributing the nudes to an entire work environments worth of people should carry some other kind of work place harassment violations.

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That's messed up, I knew it was bad but not THIS toxic...
 

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Because before there were no females in the company or at least very very few and the few that may have been were also probably not young.
That would straighten my thinking that this mentality there has been like that for a very very long time, even before the activision merger.
This is just surfacing now because of the suicide I guess.
 

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What makes you think this type of frat party company there didn't exist before?
They weren't the same company even before activision merged with their parent company. They changed like 4 hands (or a bit more) before that.
You have no idea what has been going on in there since.
i was more about their gaming performance.. wow and diablo have been going down in quality.. key people have left the company..
 

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This is a very undisciplined, entitled generation of kids.
 

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Yea this is bad. Really bad. This is the kind of stuff that can kill a company. Spend years (decades?) building up a reputation only to have it come crashing down because of a bunch of losers. These companies need to go after the individual employees who did this ruthlessly. The company, although has a lot to be blamed for by taking a lackadaisical attitude toward such shenanigans, is ruined because of the behavior of a few bad apples in the organization. The livelihood and reputation of EVERY Activision-Blizzard employee is now suspect (especially for the males) whether they had anything to do with this scandal or not. And that, is most definitely a sad thing.

What happened to professionalism? Integrity? Hard-work? These words seem to be absent from the current culture at many companies. :rolleyes:
 
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