Add one more tick to the growing list of small, but nonetheless interesting changes Blizzard is making in its game. California sues Activision Blizzard for enabling alleged culture of workplace harassment and discrimination. This time around, World of Warcraft developers have changed two of the images found in-game to remove or reduce the sexual elements.
as seen wow head, a painting of a lounge woman in a revealing harem-style slip and mask has been replaced with a painting of fruits.
A separate painting of a woman in a V-cut robe has been modified to emphasize her breasts to give the woman a less-revealing top.
The Longing Woman painting was located at WoW’s Ravenhold location, while the robbed woman is (or was) in Stormwind’s S-I7, a hoax from Britain’s disbanded MI7 agency.
PC Gamer inquired whether these changes were made in relation to previous acts of removing questionable or controversial content from its games in the wake of Blizzard’s lawsuit from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, but did not receive a response by publication time.
Over the past several weeks, Blizzard has made other minor changes including the removal of references “Sack” and “Ho” In world of warcraft quests. Blizzard also said it would delete reference The California lawsuit names employees involved and various charges, including former designers Jesse McCree, Luis Barriga and John Laycroft.
This isn’t actually the first time Blizzard has reduced the sexualization of a character to in-game art. In 2019, a card portrait of Jenna Proudmoor at Hearthstone was altered to reduce the amount of cleavage shown in her outfit.
Changes like these are undoubtedly welcome in the eyes of many front-line employees at Activision Blizzard, but the company is still under fire. Most recently, the Communications Workers of America union teamed up with employee coalition A Better ABK to submit a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board alleging that Activision Blizzard had violated labor laws Which saves activists from punishment for discussing the event. Blizzard has hired a law firm that has a history of assisting Amazon with union busting.
you can see full Activision Blizzard Trial Timeline Here, as well as a lawyer’s view of where things will go from here.
Thank you, Wow.