Right here’s the proof a fired Blizzard developer’s ‘Cosby Suite’ existed


As staff stroll out of Activision Blizzard right now over allegations of “fixed sexual harassment” and office discrimination — and how poorly they felt the corporate respondedKotaku has launched a report backing up allegations {that a} fired developer stored a lodge suite named after alleged rapist Invoice Cosby.

In case you’re catching up, the state of California sued Blizzard for gender discrimination final week. The allegations embrace claims particularly naming Alex Afrasiabi, the previous senior inventive director of World of Warcraft. The swimsuit says that on high of sexually harassing ladies, Afrasiabi had a lodge room throughout BlizzCon 2013 nicknamed the “Cosby Suite” — and it prompt that different staff knew about it.

Neither Kotaku’s report nor the California lawsuit say anybody was sexually abused particularly within the Cosby Suite, but it surely’s more and more clear the suite was an actual factor. As you’ll be able to see above, there’s an image of alleged Blizzard builders actually holding up a framed photograph of Invoice Cosby. Kotaku says the suite was “a scorching spot for casual networking at BlizzCon … the place individuals trying to make inroads on the firm would go to satisfy and hang around with a few of its high designers.” One supply instructed Kotaku that the unique intent wasn’t sexual — saying it was a reference to Cosby’s “iconic ugly sweaters” — however Cosby already confronted a number of sexual assault accusations on the time and different sources apparently understood it as a reference to them.

Kotaku says it has a Fb album filled with images from the suite, feedback of a sexual nature, screenshots of an alleged chat with a number of named Blizzard builders figuring out themselves because the “BlizzCon Cosby Crew,” and sources testifying to the existence of a “boys membership” there. One former Blizzard designer allegedly bragged in feedback about “gathering the new chixx for the Coz.”

It’s not clear how severe the “BlizzCon Cosby Crew’s” statements have been meant to be, however Activision Blizzard confirmed to Kotaku that it terminated Afrasiabi after it was made conscious of the grievance’s allegations final month. That’s one thing the corporate hadn’t beforehand revealed publicly.

You possibly can learn the complete report at Kotaku.