Many of the unfortunate events that took place at Activision-Blizzard over the years were at Blizzard, a company that rose to the top with its PC titles like StarCraft, World of Warcraft Y Overwatch. The wave of testimonies that gave an account of the problems of harassment and abuse that the workers experienced demonstrated the reason why the company’s projects fell apart and lacked their own quality standards. However, the Microsoft purchase could be the game changer employees have been waiting for.
Changes are on the way to Blizzard
One of the expectations after the purchase of Activision-Blizzard by Microsoft is that the situation of the workers will improve, especially since the operation has been of such a size that it has overshadowed the protests of the employees and the possible influence for a movement of the union in the United States. As part of this, Mike Ybarra, head of Blizzard, shared a statement on the company’s official website where he spoke about the process of change that is being experienced in order to improve the conditions of all its staff.
At the beginning, Ybarra highlighted the effort and changes that have been applied in Blizzard since he took the reins of the company: “seeing Blizzard work as creatively and diligently as we have throughout this challenging time (in addition to a pandemic in course) has been inspiring. Navigating these challenges, evolving our development processes and being introspective and seeing how we can improve our culture shows incredible strength and commitment to each other, our work and to the player communities.”
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Mike Ybarra seeks to improve the work culture at Blizzard
Subsequently, the head of Blizzard revealed the key points that make up the improvement process for worker conditions, which revolves around levels and metrics related to work culture.
To begin with, he pointed out that the leadership and management teams will be subject to the levels of improvement in the work culture and their compensation will be in accordance with the progress they make in creating a safe, inclusive and creative work environment. On the other hand, a structure will be created for the supervision and development of actions to improve the work culture, which will be made up of full-time hired personnel who will ensure that each area functions in accordance with the new company policies.
Likewise, the research teams that are in charge of dealing with problems in the company will be strengthened, in addition to the fact that there will be communication channels and ascending processes that will allow feedback from all sectors.
In the end, Mike Ybarra acknowledged that only in this way will it be possible to meet Blizzard’s goal, launch games and content more frequently, and closed his message with hope for the changes that are coming this year.
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