Blizzard Entertainment, the developers behind games such as Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and Hearthstone, have announced that they will be launching a ‘global diversity and inclusion initiative’ to improve diversity in its workforce.
Company President Mike Morhaime wrote in the internal email that only 21 percent of Blizzard’s workforce is made up of women. The turnover for women in the company is also higher than for men, Mike Morhaime states.
Mike Morhaime notes that these turnover numbers are consistent with the rest of the games industry, but this initiative will seek to improve Blizzard’s numbers.
The ‘global diversity and inclusion initiative’ will focus on women at the start, then go on to target ‘under-represented minority groups’ which currently make up 14 percent of Blizzard’s workforce.
The email, as reported by Kotaku, states that there will be no quotas for diversity and inclusion, but that the company will encourage employees to refer more women to apply for positions. Blizzard will also work to recruit by working with universities, women’s groups, and conferences. The example given is the organisation Girls Who Code.
More details and information can be found on Kotaku’s article.