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« Reply #1125 on: September 13, 2021, 10:55:10 am »
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« Reply #1126 on: September 14, 2021, 02:43:42 pm »
Cyberpunk 2077's Sexist and Transphobic Scandals Will Haunt It into Gaming Irrelevance

http://www.cbr.com/cyberpunk-2077-sexist-transphobic-scandals-overshadow-gameplay/

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« Reply #1127 on: October 02, 2021, 10:17:21 am »
Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong Introduces Final Playable Character

http://www.cbr.com/vampire-masquerade-swansong-emem/

Kratos actor says God of War Ragnarok was delayed due to his health


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« Reply #1128 on: October 25, 2021, 04:38:25 am »
Chiké Okonkwo Praises 'Call of Duty: Vanguard' For Its 'Diverse, Global Perspective' On WW2

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« Reply #1129 on: November 18, 2021, 03:44:11 pm »
Thursday, 18th November 2021
Ubisoft’s toxic culture problems allegedly span more than a decade of abuse
by Megan Farokhmanesh  and  @Megan_Nicolett






Ubisoft is again under fire for allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct, and endemic problems of sexism and racism across the company.

In a report published today, Bloomberg extensively details inappropriate behavior by top executives and managers, particularly around chief creative officer Serge Hascoët.

The games industry is once again experiencing an outpouring of #MeToo stories.

Over the past few weeks, Ubisoft in particular has been a hotbed for stories of systemic abuse.

Several employees have already come forward publicly on Twitter to discuss harassment they endured at Ubisoft.

A previous report from Kotaku pointed to top executives Tommy François and Maxime Béland, among others, as perpetrators of grossly over-the-line behavior, including one instance during which Béland allegedly put his hands around a female employee’s neck.

In Bloomberg’s story today, current and former staffers say that employees have made repeated claims to HR for years.

They describe Ubisoft as a boys club, where employees like Hascoët would hold business meetings at strip clubs.

Women shared stories of managers telling them to smile more and making grossly inappropriate comments about their bodies, and colleagues who sent them explicit messages and videos.

According to Bloomberg, employees repeatedly reported abusers like Béland and François to HR; both were still promoted after claims were made.

The problems don’t stop there.

Bloomberg reports:

In 2015 a group of staff in Sofia, Bulgaria, were watching a trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens featuring the actor John Boyega, who’s Black.

“People just collectively went, ‘Hey, look, it’s a monkey,’” says Fey Vercuiel, a former designer on the team.





The full report, which includes many more details about the developer’s culture and reticence to create games with female leads, is worth a read.

Earlier this month, Ubisoft held a digital event to reveal Far Cry 6 and talk about several of its upcoming projects, without addressing the ongoing problems at its studio.

In a followup tweet, the company said that “we still have significant work to do and are committed to this process.”












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« Reply #1130 on: November 18, 2021, 10:21:43 pm »
Friday, 19th November Two Thousand & Twenty One
Microsoft Xbox boss Phil Spencer tells staff he’s ‘deeply troubled’ by Activision Blizzard
by Sean Hollister






Following a bombshell Wall Street Journal report that Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick allegedly knew, withheld, and even participated in harassment and abusive behavior, the company’s big console partners Sony and Microsoft are semi-privately expressing their distress.

Bloomberg is now reporting that Microsoft boss Phil Spencer has now told staff he was “disturbed and deeply troubled by the horrific events and actions” at Activision Blizzard and that Microsoft is “evaluating all aspects of our relationship with Activision Blizzard and making ongoing proactive adjustments” as a result.

Yesterday, Bloomberg also reported that Sony PlayStation boss Jim Ryan had told employees that the company had expressed “deep concern” with Activision Blizzard, adding that

“[we] do not believe their statements of response properly address the situation.”

These private statements from Sony and Microsoft obviously don’t carry anywhere near the same weight as if these companies publicly called out the situation at Activision Blizzard, and it’s not clear if either company is interested in taking any concrete actions yet.

Activision Blizzard is one of the most powerful publishers in the video game industry, and both console makers rely on them to provide new big-budget games for their consoles.

That said, Microsoft and Sony also want to be seen as committed to a less toxic video game industry, and Phil Spencer, in particular, has made combating toxicity part of his public brand.

“This type of behavior has no place in our industry,” reads part of Spencer’s new memo about Activision Blizzard, according to Bloomberg.

While over 500 Activision Blizzard employees have signed a petition to remove CEO Bobby Kotick from the company, and some shareholders have demanded his resignation, the board of directors has so far signaled they’re confident in his leadership.











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« Reply #1131 on: November 19, 2021, 09:32:22 am »
Friday, 19th November  Twenty One
Over 1,200 Activision Blizzard Employees Sign Petition Demanding CEO Bobby Kotick Quit
by Luke Plunkett









The ABK Workers Alliance, a group of Activision Blizzard workers formed in response to the company’s treatment of its employees, began circulating a petition earlier today for anyone working at the publisher’s studios and offices to sign.

It has now been endorsed by over 1,200 workers.

This isn’t a random anonymous petition we’re talking about here; this is a public record where each worker puts their name and studio on the line in support of a statement condemning the actions of CEO Bobby Kotick, and demanding his immediate resignation.



The statement the signatures are in support of reads:



We, the undersigned, no longer have confidence in the leadership of Bobby Kotick as the CEO of Activision Blizzard.

The information that has come to light about his behaviors and practices in the running of our companies runs counter to the culture and integrity we require of our leadership—and directly conflicts with the initiatives started by our peers.

We ask that Bobby Kotick remove himself as CEO of Activision Blizzard, and that shareholders be allowed to select the new CEO without the input of Bobby, who we are aware owns a substantial portion of the voting rights of the shareholders.




At time of publishing, there have been 1,211 signatures, which is roughly 12% of Activision Blizzard’s total workforce.

While that figure seems low given the extent of the deeds being protested here, the fact workers are putting their names to it, and potentially their jobs and careers on the line in doing so, actually makes it a very impressive figure.

In response to public support of those taking part, ABK Workers Alliance have also made a public petition that fans can sign in solidarity.



Its statement reads:

Bobby Kotick has proved that he does not care about his employees, and that he is not fit to be the CEO of Activision Blizzard.

This petition will not guarantee his removal, but it will show him that we are not okay with him blatantly ignoring the cries of his employees.

Having a petition with Activision Blizzard consumer signatures should show him how much we think he is unfit for his position.

He has taken advantage of his employees for years, and this petition is only a small stepping stone.

It is absolutely horrendous that someone with such power looks past all the cries of help.

This petition will show that he has had his time as CEO, and he clearly cannot do it well.

He needs to be removed.




At time of publication this petition has been signed over 7,000 times.

Kotick, despite having literally no defensible reason to remain in his position, has yet to resign, or be ousted by a complicit board of directors.

























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« Reply #1132 on: November 21, 2021, 10:32:26 am »
Sunday, 21st November Twenty One
Former Bungie Composer Tells Fans To 'Destroy' Destiny Music He Published Against Court Orders
by Zack Zwiezen






Marty O’Donnell, the former audio director at Bungie who worked on Halo and Destiny for years, was forced by a court to upload a video yesterday asking folks to stop sharing and publishing video game music he uploaded online without legal permission and against court orders.

In the short video, the composer even asks fans to “destroy” any copies of the music they might still have.

On Mr. O’Donnell’s YouTube channel, the composer uploaded a 45-second video yesterday that contains a pre-written and court-approved message asking people to stop sharing or publishing “non-commercially available material related to Destiny or Music of the Spheres.”

His full statement can be read below.

“To whom it may concern,

I do not have, and have not had since at least April 2014, the legal authority to possess or distribute non-commercially available material related to Destiny or Music of the Spheres (including material I composed or created while working for Bungie).

This material is owned by Bungie. If you posted any of these assets on a website or other publicly available platform, you should remove the content immediately. If you have copies of these assets, you should refrain from sharing and destroy any copies of them.

This request does not apply to any Destiny or Music of the Spheres material that you lawfully obtained from commercially available sources.”




Back in 2010, three years after Bungie and Microsoft parted ways, the studio began working with Activision on a 10-year development plan to create the Destiny franchise.

And, it was decided by Bungie and O’Donnell that, rather than create music for each planned installment of the game, O’Donnell would compose a large score for the entire franchise and all future games.

After two years of composing alongside Michael Salvatori, and former Beatle Paul McCartney, they had created a large eight-part score called “The Music of Spheres.”

But before E3 2013, Activision decided to not use his music for Destiny 1's E3 2013 trailer.

According to court docs from back in 2015, O’Donnell was furious about the change and directly complained to Bungie CEO Harold Ryan.

The rest of Bungie management agreed that Activision overstepped and filed a formal complaint, but the publisher overruled it.

Mr. O’Donnell’s plans to release the project as a separate release were denied by both Bungie and Activision.

This ultimately led to O’Donnell going online when the Activision-scored E3 trailer premiered and tweeting that the music was not Bungie’s, leading to a clash with the developer and eventually after further issues between the studio and composer, he was fired without cause on April 11th, 2014.

Lawsuits followed.

In one lawsuit—which O’Donnell won—he still was ordered to return “all material” from Destiny and “Music of the Spheres”—not just the final scores, but every version, component, and variation.

However, in 2019 (following 2018 leaks of “Music of the Spheres” score online) O’Donnell began uploading music from the project.

Bungie’s lawyers argued this directed violated the previous injunction and in May 2021, a judge ruled in Bungie’s favor.

In September of this year, O’Donnell was found in contempt of court for his continuous use of Destiny assets, including uploading song clips online long after he was fired and left Bungie in 2014.

According to Eurogamer, such use violated the terms of a previous lawsuit.

He was forced to pay Bungie nearly $100,000 and ordered to create a video explaining that he did not have the authority to provide this music or material.

Moreover, O’Donnell was to tell anyone who downloaded the assets to refrain from sharing them and to destroy any copies of them.

Now, nearly two months later and after both sides of the legal fight agreed to the text, that video has been uploaded to both his YouTube and Twitter accounts.

It would seem like the end of this long legal battle, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a new wrinkle or chapter in this saga pops up in the not-too-distant future.



















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« Reply #1133 on: November 21, 2021, 02:59:37 pm »
Sunday, 21st november  Twenty One
PlayStation Pulls Call of Duty: Vanguard From Featured Section Following Activision Allegations
by Jack Dwyer






The platform removed Activision’s latest Call of Duty release from its Featured collection earlier this week.

Call of Duty (COD) Vanguard’s absence was first noted on Friday, November 19th.

While PlayStation has not confirmed the connection between the two, sources have speculated that this was done in retaliation to the active lawsuit and investigation against Activision Blizzard spanning the past few months.

Both PlayStation and its console rival, Xbox, have spoken out against Activision Blizzard for the accusations against it and its CEO, Bobby Kotick.

Of course, the title hasn’t been delisted completely.

PlayStation players can still find it on the storefront if they want to.

Ryan first came forward and issued a response to the rapidly-evolving harassment, enabling, and discrimination accusations against Activision Blizzard on Wednesday, November 17th.

According to the statement issued to employees, noted by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, Ryan was “disheartened and frankly stunned to read” about the situation.
 
He reached out to Activision with the question of how they were planning to address the claims made through the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, November 16th.

“We do not believe their statements of response properly address the situation,” Ryan wrote.

Phil Spencer, Xbox CEO, noted he was “evaluating all aspects of [their] relationship” with Activision Blizzard.

”This type of behavior has no place in our industry,” he wrote.

DBLTAP cannot confirm if Xbox will follow suit or attempt to remove the title from its storefront completely.

Nevertheless, fans have been praising PlayStation for its actions in attempting to both support the victims and publicly display its disappointment with Activision.

Other organizations that have broken with Activision include Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that aims to support women in programming and introduce more young women to the field.





















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« Reply #1134 on: November 23, 2021, 10:05:41 am »
Tuesday, 23rd November  Twenty One
Nintendo Also Calls For Activision blizzard CEO Kotick Resignation

by Ash Parrish








Nintendo joined Microsoft and PlayStation to become the latest publisher to internally criticize the company.

According to a report from Fanbyte, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser wrote an email saying,

“I find these accounts distressing and disturbing. They run counter to my values as well as Nintendo’s beliefs, values, and policies.”

Activision Blizzard’s new committee will ensure regular progress updates to the board concerning key accountability measures while promising to add a “new, diverse director to the board.”

Meanwhile, as external pressure mounts, a cohort of shareholders have demanded Kotick’s resignation while employees staged a second walkout and created a petition with over 1,800 signatures similarly demanding the CEO step down.




















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« Reply #1135 on: November 28, 2021, 11:37:45 am »
Sunday, 28th  November  Two Thousand & Twenty One
Australian Government Vows to Unmask Online Trolls
by VOA






(SYDNEY) — Australia's government said Sunday it will introduce legislation to unmask online trolls and hold social media giants like Facebook and Twitter responsible for identifying them.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, whose conservative coalition government faces an election in the first half of 2022, said the law would protect Australians from online abuse and harassment.

"The online world should not be a wild west where bots and bigots and trolls and others can just anonymously go around and harm people and hurt people, harass them and bully them and sledge them," Morrison told reporters.

"That is not what can happen in the real world, and there is no case for it to be able to be happening in the digital world."

Attorney General Michaelia Cash said the legislation, reportedly to be introduced to parliament by early 2022, is needed to clarify that the social media platforms, and not the users, were responsible for defamatory comments by other people.

Confusion had been sown by a High Court ruling in September that found Australian media, as users managing their own pages on a social network, could be held liable for defamatory third-party comments posted on their pages, Cash said.

Under the planned Australian legislation, the social media companies themselves would be responsible for such defamatory content, not the users, she said.

It would also aim to stop people making defamatory comments without being identified, she said.

"You should not be able to use the cloak of online anonymity to spread your vile, defamatory comments," the attorney general said.

The legislation would demand that social media platforms have a nominated entity based in Australia, she said.

The platforms could defend themselves from being sued as the publisher of defamatory comment only if they complied with the new legislation's demands to have a complaints system in place that could provide the details of the person making the comment, if necessary, Cash said.

People would also be able to apply to the High Court for an "information disclosure order" demanding a social media service provide details "to unmask the troll," the attorney general said.

In some cases, she said, the "troll" may be asked to take down the comment, which could end the matter if the other side is satisfied.

Australia's opposition leader Anthony Albanese said he would support a safer online environment for everyone.

But he said the government had failed to propose action to stop the spread of misinformation on social media and accused some of the government's own members of spreading misinformation about COVID and vaccinations.


















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« Reply #1137 on: December 10, 2021, 12:25:51 pm »
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« Reply #1138 on: December 11, 2021, 09:47:13 am »
Saturday, 11th December  Twenty One
Destiny developer Bungie has become the latest developer to be rocked by allegations of toxic workplace behavior
by Aidan O'Brien








Halo and Destiny creator Bungie has become the latest studio to be exposed for some horrendous workplace practices after a report appeared in IGN detailing years of toxic behavior by staff.

In the report, dozens of current and former staff detail their experiences dealing with a toxic culture that saw prominently placed members treat the company as their own personal fiefdom, bully and abuse others, submit staff to terrible crunch conditions, and weaponize toxic elements of the internet in harassment campaigns against other members of staff.

Bungies CEO Peter Parsons responded by releasing a statement detailing steps that the company has been taking over recent years to improve the workplace culture.

This includes the removal of bad actors throughout the studio, regardless of their station or seniority.

They have also gone to great lengths to hire a more diverse type of employee, with employees who identify as women and people from underrepresented communities now at Bungie to 20.5% and 18.6% of the company, respectively.

Women or people from underrepresented communities also comprise 50% of Bungie’s board of directors.

IGN’s report also indicates that these efforts over the last couple of years have both been noted and appreciated by staff, but rightfully points out that needed to go out of your way to create a non-toxic workplace is telling.

Interestingly, recent seasons and narrative developments in Destiny 2 have been met with high praise by the playerbase, which implies that the company has been doing something right in recent years when it comes to settling on a storyline and empowering their staff to tell it.
























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« Reply #1139 on: December 11, 2021, 09:50:41 am »
Saturday, 11th  December   Twenty One
Blizzard employee airs new accusations of sexual harassment
by Jade Hernandez





(IRVINE, California) — New allegations of sexual harassment are being brought forward against Activision Blizzard.

The video gaming company already reached an $18 million settlement this fall over similar accusations in the past after a complaint was filed by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

On Wednesday, a woman who still works at the company spoke out publicly for the first time about a culture she says led to an environment where sexual harassment was common.

"I began to remove myself from work events to avoid all the sexual comments and groping," said the woman, identified only as Christine.

"I was told not to go to HR. "

She spoke in front of Blizzard Entertainment's headquarters in Irvine with her attorney, Lisa Bloom.

Activision Blizzard is the maker of popular games that include Call of Duty, Guitar Hero and Candy Crush Saga.

Christine says this was her dream job but she's endured the harassment for four years.

"Since I've been employed at Blizzard I've been subjected to rude comments about my body, unwanted sexual advances, inappropriately touched, subjected to alcohol-infused team events and cube crawls, invited to have sex with my supervisors."

Bloom hasn't officially filed a claim on Christine's behalf but notes the gaming company isn't new to such allegations.

The company reached the $18 million settlement with the federal EEOC in September.

Bloom says the company hasn't yet complied with the settlement terms, which include workplace changes that would help employees like Christine.

"Leaders brought in to fix the problem have come and gone, but the victims are still suffering," Bloom said.

Christine wants an apology over lost promotions and a demotion.

She also wants a third party appointed to help potential victims of harassment like herself.

An Activision Blizzard spokesperson emailed a statement which read in part:

"We appreciate the courage of our current and former employees in coming forward with reports of misconduct. There is no place in our company or industry, or any industry, for sexual misconduct, harassment or retaliation of any kind. We will not tolerate any behavior that is not aligned to our values and will hold employees accountable who fail to live up to them."

The company said the EEOC settlement is still pending so implementation of key elements of the agreement has not begun.










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