October 23, 2021

DCTRS

Damascus Center for Theoretical and Civil Rights Studies

Podcast: Trying to smash sexism in the video game world

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing sounds like a bureaucratic borefest, but it’s actually pretty important. It files lawsuits against companies and landlords accused of discrimination.

Now it’s tackling sexism in the world of video games.

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Today we talk about California’s lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The Santa Monica company made $8 billion last year on the strength of classic video game titles like “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft.” But the state argues the company let fester a “pervasive frat boy workplace culture” that led to sexual harassment against women. The move comes during a years-long debate in video games about equity in a culture long dominated by white men.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times video game critic Todd Martens and two members of the ABK Workers Alliance

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