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Asmongold Slams Activision Blizzard Over Controversial Diversity Tool

Asmongold commented on the backlash surrounding Activision Blizzard’s controversial diversity tool, accusing the company of using it as a means to repair its “ruined” reputation.

Activision Blizzard revealed this Diversity Space Tool on May 12, describing it as a “gauge used to determine how diverse a set of character traits are and how different this character and his casts are from the ‘norm’.”

However, it didn’t go down well with fans, who felt it reduced a complex and important issue like diversity to algorithmic data to allow the company to make its games more compelling. Activision Blizzard apologized and clarified their intentions.

Asmongold weighed in on the debacle, urging the company not to make “political statements” to bolster its reputation following the sexual harassment lawsuit and instead focus on developing games until fans are ready to forgive them.

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Activision Blizzard’s new diversity tool sparked debate on social media.

“I feel like there are people at Activision Blizzard who just can’t bear to go a whole week without patting themselves on the back for how much they care about minorities,” Asmon said. “You have to say something about it.

“Stop talking about it. It’s a bad idea. All these bad things happened to you. Your company’s reputation is ruined. Do you know how Activision Blizzard can actually repair its reputation? Shut up and play games!

“Do that for three years and maybe then we’ll be ready to hear another political statement. But until then I don’t want to hear it. I don’t want to be moralized by someone who couldn’t keep breast milk safe in their own business.”

Asmon has criticized the company in the past. He called the allegations brought to light in the lawsuit against them “shameful” and supported the workers’ strike in November 2021.

However, he believes the best way to restore their reputation is to make positive diversity changes behind the scenes while focusing on games, rather than repeatedly “patting himself on the back” with political statements.

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Emma Bowman

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