CM – World Of Warcraft is also removing Blizzard developer names



The Overwatch development team announced Thursday that they would be renaming Cowboy McCree later this year. The change is due to the name’s association with former Blizzard developer Jesse McCree, who left the company following a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for alleged sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. McCree is not specifically named in the lawsuit.

Now the World Of Warcraft team has announced similar changes, with references to former Blizzard employees being removed in a future update.

In a statement posted on Twitter for Update 9.1.5, which will be released on the public test realm next week, the World Of Warcraft development team said the patch « contains updates to improve the game environment for our community, including additional ones Changes to some content « . to better reflect our shared values, better visibility into the impact of your harassment reports in-game, and more severe penalties for those involved in disruptive behavior.  »

It’s less specific than Overwatch’s statement, but a Blizzard spokesperson confirmed to PC Gamer that « the in-game references to Jesse McCree, Luis Barriga and Jon LeCraft will be removed from World of Warcraft. » All three are former Blizzard employees who recently left the company.

Changes have already been made to World Of Warcraft in the past few weeks to remove references to former creative director Alex Afrasiabi, whose conduct was specifically mentioned in the lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

It is worth remembering that while these changes are easily dismissed as shallow or as an attempt to appease, the development teams involved are unlikely to want to continue working on a game that perpetuates developers who allegedly contributed to a toxic and abusive workplace to have.

While Activision Blizzard’s initial company statements after the lawsuit were hostile and aggressive, the developer’s staff condemned the reaction as « horrific » and went on strike in protest. Meanwhile, the California Department for Fair Employment and Housing earlier this week accused Activision Blizzard of destroying documents related to their investigation.

Graham Smith

Graham used to be to blame for all of this.

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