In recent months, the situation around Activision has alerted the entire video game industry, from gamers to employees of certain major studios, including a handful of executives in the sector, for example. Jim ryan, Phil spencer or Doug bowser. The allegations are more and more numerous, so much so that a recent investigation, launched last month by the State of California, plunged Activision-Blizzard and Bobby Kotick back into turmoil.
In response to the current situation, the developers of the Treyarch studio, which works on Call of Duty franchises on behalf of the American publisher, decided to speak in a statement posted on social networks. The opportunity for her to express their anger, but also their determination to create an inclusive work environment within the studio.
At first glance, many saw it as an attempt by the parent company to boost its profile with its player audience. But, as one of the studio’s associate producers, Miranda Due, claims, this is a collective declaration from all Treyarch employees and developers. For his part, Joanna leung, one of the studio’s senior designers, outbid by declaring that it is above all ” a sincere and profound statement from the women of Treyarch “.
As we look ahead to 2023, we felt that it was important to share a few thoughts … pic.twitter.com/lWdEaZVN4w
– Treyarch Studios (@Treyarch) December 21, 2023
Our goal as a studio is to make great games for the whole world to enjoy. If we are privileged to continue this effort, it is thanks to the team at Treyarch: we are a studio of intelligent, talented and world-class creative professionals who seek to give the best of themselves.
Our culture leaves no room for sexism, harassment, racism, intolerance, discrimination or bullying. As we move forward, providing a safe, diverse and inclusive work environment for all to thrive will be our top priority.
Everyone at Treyarch is drawn to game development because we have a deep love for the art of video games and the magic that can create moments that matter. This is an important time and it starts with getting better.
Treyarch’s developers recognize that all of this will take time. According to them, this is an ongoing process that requires a great deal of patience, but with everyone’s support they are confident that it will be successful in the years to come.
According to Avani Jain, production coordinator at Treyarch, this declaration was necessary and eagerly awaited, as a first step to initiate a change. She cannot hide her disappointment following the revelations, but she believes that the time has come to ” paving the way for a better future “.