Girls who code end the relationship with Activision Blizzard

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Believe me girl, I’m tired of ActiBlizz’s shit too.
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Non-profit organization Girls coding, which specializes in teaching computer science to young women and other marginalized groups, will no longer join Activision Blizzard after the multibillion-dollar company came under fire again in a shattering new round of accusations.

In a blog posts, Girls Who Code wrote that its priorities of empowering marginalized communities, fighting for diversity and holding power accountable are now “fundamentally misguided” with Activision Blizzard. As such, the organization said it “not with a clear conscience” can continue working on it Overwatch manufacturer after all that has recently been revealed about the company.

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“When we choose our partners, we make it clear that the technology industry is often unwelcome to the very communities we are trying to serve,” the organization wrote in the Medium Post. “That’s why we only work with those who are willing to have tough discussions about how systemic sexism, racism, discrimination and harassment have affected the company’s practices and work culture. We hold our partners accountable when they fall short, and working with them to bring meaningful solutions to the table. However, there is a limit and the accusations against Activision have crossed that line. “

Girls Who Code noted that although it has been collaborating with Activision Blizzard since 2018 through Summer immersion program, that relationship is dead and gone. In short, Girls Who Code is over the video game giant’s bullshit.

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It’s not just Girls Who Code who’s tired of Activision Blizzard’s workplace culture. Both PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan and Xbox boss Phil Spencer is “discouraged” and “disturbed” by what is being pulled out into the open, and Spencer says his company plans to make “ongoing proactive adjustments” to its relationship with Activision Blizzard. And it has over 1,200 employees in the company signed a petition demanding the resignation of CEO Bobby Kotick, though Activision Blizzard’s Board of Directors issued a wild statement saying it remains “safe” in Kotick’s leadership skills.

The gaming industry is riddled with toxicity, and the Activision Blizzard situation is currently the brightest light on all the sector’s problems. If you have missed out on what the company has been affected by lately, then we are here at Kotaku have a summary of everything that happened since the California lawsuit on July 20 was filed.


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