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Blizzard replaces two World of Warcraft paintings with less sexualized ones

World of Warcraft, the popular MMO from Activision Blizzard, has received an update to version 9.1.5 in which, among other things, two tables have been modified that decorated two internal scenes of the video game. In one of them you could see a female character posing on a bed, while the second also represented a female character with a wide neckline. The first has been replaced by a still life with fruits and the other the design has been changed to a less sexualized one.

This patch was released on September 15, the same day that Activision Blizzard employees filed a new lawsuit against the company. for intimidation and union repression, an action that joins the investigation for sexual harassment and discrimination that is being carried out by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

It is not the first action that Activision Blizzard takes within one of its video games after the harassment cases were made public; previously they decided to change the name of John McCree, character of Overwatch named after Jesse McCree, chief designer of Diablo 4 who was fired last month. However, on previous occasions similar modifications were also made, such as the redesign of the neckline of Jaina from Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft in 2019.

World of Warcraft before and after painting

Employees consider these measures insufficient

Bobby Kotick, CEO of the company, said there would be consequences after harassment cases came to light within Activision Blizzard: “We will assess company-wide managers and leaders for their compliance with our processes to assess complaints and impose appropriate consequences.” he said at the time, after acknowledging that they had given a very poor response to the situation.

For now the measures have been assessed as insufficient for the 1,000+ employees who signed an open letter calling for “immediate” action at the top of the company.

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