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Activision Blizzard’s gender discrimination lawsuit, explained

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Activision Blizzard, the developer and publisher of mega franchises like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Call of Duty, is in crisis. The company faces wide-ranging, highly damaging allegations that it maintains a toxic workplace environment that is hostile to women, employs a disproportionately low number of them, pays them less, and subjects them to sexual harassment, whose perpetrators are not meaningfully punished.

A two-week cycle of bad news and lackluster responses from the company has demoralized developers, particularly within Blizzard Entertainment, and the players and fans of its games. The company’s stock price has slid more than 12 percent since the story first broke. Two senior executives are out at Blizzard, and others…



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