Michael Morheim, co-founder and former president of Blizzard Entertainment, has apologized to all of the company’s employees, whose suffering has become known after Activision Blizzard was sued. He admitted that he felt like everything he did was in vain.
During his 28 years with Blizzard, Morheim says he has strived to create an environment that is conducive to everyone, regardless of gender or background. In fact, it did not work out so that people could safely tell the truth.
While Morheim admitted that harassment and discrimination are strong in the gaming industry, he always hoped that Blizzard was different in this regard. He admitted that he had let his former employees down and apologized to them.
I understand that these are just words, but I want to show support for women who survived this horror. I can hear you, I believe you, and I am very sorry that I let you down. If you are ready to share your stories, I am ready to listen to them. As one of the influencers in our industry, I can and will use this influence to drive positive change and fight misogyny, discrimination and harassment wherever possible.
Morheim currently heads the Dreamhaven publishing house he founded with two subsidiary studios. So far, they have not announced a single project, but they express their desire to hire any representatives of any minorities.
Previously, the situation at Blizzard was called alarming by the current president, Jay Allen Brack. He assured that a lot has been done in recent years to maintain equality, inclusiveness and combat discrimination of any kind.
Meanwhile, Mark Kern, the former head of development for the “vanilla” World of Warcraft with Taiwanese roots, said that he is removing everything related to Blizzard from his biography. Earlier, after the Blitzchung blocking scandal broke out, he limited himself to a boycott of the company’s products.