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As I'm sure you've probably heard by now, Activision Blizzard is being sued by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing following a number of deeply troubling allegations that allege the companies "pervasive frat boy workplace culture" created a toxic and unsustainable workplace - especially for women.
It's clear that the company has very real work to do to win back trust and create a place of work that feels genuinely safe and inclusive. Instead, it seems Blizzard has set about cleaning up its act in other, less helpful ways. Earlier this month, for example, it was confirmed that Overwatch's cowboy McCree would be getting a new name. His namesake, former Blizzard developer, Jesse McCree was one of the men named in Kotaku's concerning "Cosby Suite" report.
Blizzard's attention has now turned to World Of Warcraft. It's emerged that the studio will be changing the names of a handful of "offensive" achievements that I'm not sure anybody was particularly concerned about. But I guess whatever changes are the quickest and easiest route to make it look as if you care, eh?
According to the Icy Veins forum, two achievements are set to receive a name change. 'My Sack is Gigantique', an innuendo most people probably never even picked up on, much less got offended by, will be known henceforth as 'My Storage is Gigantique'.
'Bros Before Ho Ho Ho's' will also be renamed as 'Holiday Bromance'. That should make the lawsuit go away, right?
Matthew Mercer, the actor who plays McCree in Overwatch, recently told ComingSoon that he fully supports Blizzard's decision to rename the character, but that the company shouldn't just stop there.
"If it was the one thing they did, it would be nowhere near enough," he said. "But it's just one facet of all the things they are seemingly doing internally to try to right a lot of wrongs. I feel so much for all of the people that were mistreated and were victims of individuals in the company that abused their power and positions. My heart has been breaking since the whole thing went down."
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