Chris Metzen, a former game designer and senior vice president of Blizzard, posted his own commentary on allegations of internal sexual harassment. Like Mike Morheim before him, the former executive apologized to all employees and took some of the blame. But not because he closed his eyes to problems, but because he allegedly did not know about them.
We failed and I’m sorry. To all of you at Blizzard – those of you I know and those of you I have never met – I offer my deepest apologies for the role I have played in a culture that has fostered persecution, inequality and indifference.
There is no excuse for this. We let too many people down because we had the privilege of not noticing, not interacting, not creating the necessary space for colleagues who needed us as leaders. I wish my apology could have any meaning, but it doesn’t.
In the comments, Chris was asked about his attitude towards Alex Afrasiabi, another former Blizzard employee who was accused of sexual harassment. Metzen was reminded that before leaving, he personally appointed Alex as his successor.
In response, Chris said that he communicated with Alex only at work, never crossed paths with him outside the office and was completely unaware that he was “sticking to employees.”
News of the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard broke out on July 21st. Since then, former Blizzard employees have spoken out on social media about how they faced negative experiences – in person or witnessed harassment. In addition, the developers of World of Warcraft almost completely stopped working on the game in protest .