Gaming company Blizzard to launch ‘global diversity and inclusion initiative’

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The gaming giant behind World of Warcraft will launch an initiative in order to better represent women and minority groups in their company.

Blizzard’s new plans will launch a “global diversity and inclusion initiative” that will establish internal councils and help “enhance inclusiveness”.

The news was leaked in an internal email from Blizzard’s CEO, seen by the website Kotako.

Just 21 per cent of Blizzard’s employees identify as women, whilst 14 per cent are part of “under-represented minority groups”.

Whilst Mike Morhaime, Blizzard’s CEO claims that these numbers are consistent with other gaming companies, he still wants to ensure ‘changes’.

The company plans to not only find more female employees, but to also ensure they stay at the job longer.

Women in the company are leaving at a higher rate than men, and so Blizzard plans to partner with Girls Who Code and launch an annual ‘Women @Blizzard’ summit in order to increase inclusion.

Blizzard’s president Mike Morhaime said:

“Our diversity initiative will require a commitment from every one of us, but especially from our leaders, managers, and hiring teams,”

“We appreciate your dedication to help Blizzard achieve this goal.”

The gaming industry has faced accusations of sexism and racism in recent years.

Last year Blizzard said it was working on technology to filter offensive comments on their programming.

The news also follows Morhaime’s announcement earlier his year of “more diverse heroes and content” in Blizzard games.

Last year, amid criticism, YouTube and Twitch, two of the largest gaming companies announced plans to stamp out sexist and misogyny throughout their platforms.

Improvements are “happening as fast as we can” Anna Prosser Robinson from Twitch told Newsbeat.

“Harassment has no place on the platform and we have guidelines against it,” added YouTube.

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