Blizzard co-founder and former executive Mike Morhaime has broken his silence on the harrowing allegations against Activision Blizzard, who has been sued by the state of California for discrimination, sexual harassment and a toxic work culture.
Morhaime wrote his thoughts in a TwitLonger post, in which he admitted he was “ashamed” of the allegations made after a lengthy independent investigation by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. He further admitted to “failing” female workers, many of whom still work in the industry and have put their careers on the line to talk about their experiences.
Morhaime, who ran Blizzard for nearly 30 years, acknowledged that harassment and discrimination exist in the industry and said he feels he hasn’t done enough to eradicate toxicity and harassment. He added:
I realize these are just words, but I wanted to acknowledge the women who have had terrible experiences. I hear you, I believe you, and I’m sorry I let you down. I want to hear your stories, if you’re willing to share them. As a leader in our industry, I can and will use my influence to drive positive change and fight misogyny, discrimination and harassment where I can. I believe we can do better, and I believe the gaming industry can be a place where women and minorities are welcomed, included, supported, recognized, rewarded and ultimately unfettered of the opportunity to make the kind of contributions that we all have. to participate in industry. I want the mark I leave on this industry to be something we can all be proud of.
While some former associates have appreciated Morhaime’s mea culpa, others feel it is too little, too late.