Call of Duty League and Overwatch League franchised teams are taking a stance against the alleged discrimination and sexual harassment of women employed by Activision Blizzard.
The Minnesota RØKKR, New York Subliners and New York Excelsior have made posts in support of those affected by the Activision Blizzard claims. These posts are coupled with the hashtag #TimesUp. This has been used by many across the internet to highlight the movement and stop discrimination against women. Activision owns and operates the Call of Duty League while Blizzard operates the Overwatch League. All three teams associated with their respective organization are making a stance against the allegations.
“We condemn all forms of workplace harassment and discrimination and are distraught by extensive reports of it all at a company we are partners with. To the many people within Activision Blizzard who want to see major changes enacted, we strongly support you and urge Activision Blizzard leadership to take meaningful action with transparency,” posted the New York Subliners.
CDL and OWL on the Activision Blizzard alleged harassment
Over 1,000 Activision Blizzard employees have reportedly signed an open letter to the company’s management. This follows the lawsuit that was filed last week by the state agency which alleges that Blizzard fostered a “frat boy” culture. The “frat boy” culture impeded female employee’s opportunities and pay at Activision Blizzard.
— NYSL (@Subliners) July 27, 2021
The discrimination was also accompanied by harassment from the male employees at the company. These employees would allegedly get drunk and harass the female employees going from cubicle to cubicle. The lawsuit also revealed the story of a female employee who committed suicide while on a business trip because of her treatment from the male employees at Blizzard.
These horrifying allegations have come to light over the past few weeks with several previous employees of the company speaking out on Twitter. Due to these claims, several teams from the CDL and OWL have now come forward to stand against the work environment that their partners have created.