As a former Blizzard software engineer, I endured and witnessed sexual harassment, abuse, and discrimination in a toxic work environment. HR was not safe for victims.

That was 5 years ago. It's still Blizzard culture.

I demand for change alongside my peers. #ActiBlizzWalkout
If you are a manager at Activision Blizzard:

Please let your employees use PAL (Paid Administrative Leave) so they can participate in #ActiBlizzWalkout. Many people cannot afford to take PTO or unpaid leave.

Some streamers have mentioned solidarity with #ActiBlizzWalkout by not streaming Activision Blizzard games during the walkout. This is awesome!

Another thing that could help ABK employees is using that stream time to talk about these issues and raise awareness. 💙

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28 Jul
I'm not an expert, but wouldn't talking to ABK's lawyer be a conflict in talking to DFEH/EEOC/one's own lawyer?…
I find it deeply insidious that Kotick doesn't mention that Stephanie Avakian is a lawyer, specifically, a white collar criminal defense lawyer.
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27 Jul
I cannot believe I’ve blocked the same person on this cursed app 200 some odd times in the last 5 months

Like @TwitterSafety I just… 😵‍💫 List of blocked accounts that are all one person
I think new accounts should have to wait to tweet. His accounts get suspended by automation, and then he creates a new one. If he couldn’t tweet during this incubation period, this would not be happening.
Another thing I would love would be the ability to limit replies, not just notifications, from new/low quality/suspicious accounts. They can shout into the void from their twitter feed, sure, but not in my threads.
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27 Jul
Ah yes, the old "dismiss ignored and fostered sexism and sexual harassment and abuse with more sexism and gaslighting", brilliant plan, Blizzard, that will definitely work
The problem with the current leadership at Blizzard is that they are just too old to understand the complexities of social media and the power of the GRASS ROOTS ADVOCACY.
Fran Townsend, reading these tweets:
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26 Jul
Over the weekend I received a lot of DM's from men in the community telling me they cancelled their WoW subs and asking what they could do to help.

Don't quit the games. Keep watching streams.

This culture is not just at the studios. It's in the community.

Stop accepting it.
Every single woman I know in the gaming community has been sexually harassed or assaulted. Every single one.

We had to invest a significant amount of time trying to figure out which men were "rapey" to decide whether or not we could hang out with them at esports events.
And this isn't just random men - I'm talking about esports athletes and streamers, too.

Does he just 'want to hang out' and 'give me a place to stay' or does he expect me to come back to the room and have sex with him? What if I say no? Will he force me to?
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24 Jul
As hard as this is, and knowing I'll never work in games again:

Mike was directly responsible for the chain reaction of events that got me nearly fired for cc'ing him about Tia Zimmerman threatening me with violence for contacting emergency dispatch when she threatened suicide.
While he didn't tell anyone to do it, he was the leader of the company and made comments about how was causing problems for the company and that "things need to be taken care of immediately" which was interpreted as "fire Cher".

My immediate supervisor put his job on the line -
for me, and as a result, the compromise was to label me as a low performer and cut my bonus and my pay.

Don't tell me you wanted us to come to you. I came to you. And you destroyed my self worth.
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24 Jul
Before I go to bed, I want to say that Mike and I spoke about many of the things that happened to me. I appreciate his taking responsibility and being empathetic to what I endured, and to what I witnessed and heard.

I honestly believe that he was kept in the dark about plenty.
I hope that the leadership that is in place now, and his former colleagues, can take that as an example of how to handle this, and do better.
I retract this shit
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