The Overwatch League returned to action after a brief hiatus on Friday, and with that return, the Overwatch League finally broke their silence regarding the ongoing Activision Blizzard lawsuit. The Department of Fair Employement and Housing filed a complaint last week, alleging that Activision Blizzard fostered an abusive workplace that featured rampant discrimination against women and sexual harassment of both male and female employees.
"There is no place for discrimination, harassment, or unequal treatment of any kind," the league said in their statement. "We are the Overwatch League will do everything possible to make sure that, together, we build an inclusive environment in our field of play and beyond. Inspired by the Washinton Justice and Houston Outlaws, we will be matching and advance donations to these worthy causes at a local level."
The new statement is consistent with other Activision Blizzard statements, which have condemned discrimination in the abstract while dodging any material admission of responsibility in their response.
Overwatch League teams respond to the gender discrimination lawsuit
Several Overwatch League teams, including NYXL, Houston Outlaws, Washington Justice, and Florida Mayhem, have also all responded to the lawsuit scandal with statements of their own. Those teams are not part of Blizzard itself but are obviously closely partnered with the company.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.