Imane "Pokimane" Anys is not a fan of Activision Blizzard after all that's happened at the all-but-doomed video game company.
Activision Blizzard was sued by the state of California in 2021 for sexism, harassment, and gender discrimination, with a lot of concerning practices coming to light. This led to numerous leaders stepping down as the employees demanded change. But the controversy is far from over.
Someone decided to ask Pokimane how she feels about the situation at Activision Blizzard and what streamers should do about it. Pokimane had some harsh words for content creators who still support the company.
Pokimane calls on streamers to stop playing Activision Blizzard titles
On December 8, Pokimane decided to make her opinion on Activision Blizzard well known. She had not been playing the titles since the lawsuit came to light in July of 2021 and appears to want other financially stable streamers to follow suit.
"I think if you are a financially well-off streamer, you just f--king shouldn't," Pokimane said.
Pokimane stated that she understands that some streamers are in a situation where refusing to play Activision Blizzard titles like Overwatch and World of Warcraft would impact their income. But she wasn't about to let those streamers off the hook either.
"I think in that case, they should still be extremely vocal about how they're against this if they are still going to play their game," Pokimane added.
What happened at Activision Blizzard?
Activision Blizzard was initially sued by former employees in July, with reports coming to light that Blizzard was refusing to promote female employees and treating them worse than male counterparts, including micro-managing black women in the office while men allegedly played video games.
Serious harassment allegations also came out, including a female employee ultimately taking her life after naked photos of her were spread around the company against her will by a male superior. Women were also harassed at conventions and during meetings. Male employees would allegedly walk around the office bothering women at their desks.
Hundreds of employees decided to walk out after the information came out due to Blizzard's initial denial. Employees stated that they would not remain silent.
Still, the drama continued. Employees continued to come forward with their own experiences but no major changes in the company were announced. This led to a lot of leaders stepping down, including Blizzard Co-Lead Jen O'Neal. In an internal email, she stated that she didn't believe Blizzard would actually fix any of its issues, leading her to leave the position after just three months.
It was later revealed that CEO Bobby Kotick knew about all of the accusations against male employees the entire time and had chosen to ignore the complaints and keep the men accused of harassing female employees. The expose also accused Kotick of threatening to take a female employee's life.
In response, Blizzard stated that they would continue to support Kotick. Kotick himself stated that he would only step down if he couldn't find a solution but was confident he could help the company. In response, employees walked out once again, demanding Kotick be replaced.
Now, Blizzard employees are continuing to stage walkouts and demand changes at Blizzard. Call of Duty: Warzone developers are the latest to walk out, citing unfair pay and layoffs despite the amount of money Blizzard has made off of the series.
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