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Is the video game industry facing a sexual harassment crisis?

Sexual harassment remains a pervasive problem in many work environments in Texas and elsewhere. Gaming businesses may not be among the first industry to come to people’s minds when discussing sexual harassment, but the Activision Blizzard scandal reveals that video game workplaces are not immune to hostile behavior.

A high-profile sexual harassment news story

According to claims from former employees, a toxic culture of sexual harassment took place at Activision Blizzard for many years, and management knew about the problem. Activision Blizzard’s CEO now finds himself in the proverbial hot seat as calls for the company head’s resignation grow.

Activision Blizzard reportedly maintained a toxic culture that proved hostile to women. Several sexual harassment claims against male executives by female team members suggest that such behavior was pervasive. In addition to sexual harassment allegations, claims of sexual assault came to light after the scandal made the news.

Legal action and sexual harassment in the workplace

The scandal cast a dark cloud over the entire video game industry, leading other industry leaders to speak out. In November of 2021, Nintendo’s top executive condemned Activision Blizzard’s toxic culture. Several video game industry company managers publicly condemned the situation at Activision Blizzard. Likely, the directors at these companies want the public to know they do not tolerate sexual harassment.

Public condemnations are not the only problems Activision Blizzard faces. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against the company regarding the harassment claims.

Legal problems may arise when company management turns a blind eye to sexual harassment and other EEOC issues. Employers have a duty to protect their workers from harassment and discrimination, but some companies still allow hostile environments to persist.