Toy giant, LEGO, announced it would be pausing its release plans of the Overwatch 2 playset over concerns regarding the allegations against Activision Blizzard.
First reported by The Brick Fan, a LEGO news outlet, LEGO has issued a statement confirming it will be indefinitely delaying the launch of its Overwatch 2 product. The announcement was made earlier today, Tuesday, Jan. 11.
"We are currently reviewing our partnership with Activision Blizzard," the company wrote, "given concerns about the progress being made to address continuing allegations regarding workplace culture, especially the treatment of female colleagues and creating a diverse and inclusive environment."
LEGO Delays Overwatch 2 Playset Release Indefinitely
LEGO is referring to the massive lawsuits and accusations made against the company during 2021. For those unaware, Activison Blizzard was served a major suit by the Calif. Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) following a two-year investigation into its workplace culture.
The department found rampant inequality, discrimination, and sexual harassment of its female employees. Nearly every textbook example of misogyny was found, including wage gaps, objectification, the inappropriate delegation of tasks, mobility stagnation allegedly on the basis of sex, physical and verbal sexual harassment, and more—all of which, of course, were compounded by race. The DFEH went as far as to call the workplace culture "frat-like."
Latest reports regarding the situation have explicitly named CEO Bobby Kotick as complacent and complicit in the abuses. At the time of writing, the majority ActiBlizz board is still standing by him.
LEGO joins a growing list of companies cutting ties with the publisher, including Girls Who Code, Bungie, PlayStation, and Xbox.
Once it completes its review the product release will move forward, LEGO continued. The original release date for the product was Feb. 1, 2022.