The corporate behind video games like World of Warcraft and Overwatch has began a drive to recruit extra girls and ethnic minorities.

The data is in a leaked inside e mail from Blizzard’s CEO, seen by the website Kotako.

It claims 21% of Blizzard’s staff are girls, and though that is much like the remainder of the gaming trade, it says it desires to do higher.

Newsbeat has contacted the agency, however they’re but to reply.

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The corporate claims the initiative will give attention to discovering extra feminine staff and getting them to remain on longer.

For the time being girls are leaving at the next price than males but it surely says it will fall wanting setting “quotas”.

As a substitute it plans to associate with organisations like Ladies Who Code, arrange networking classes and launch an annual “Ladies @Blizzard” summit.

It is also arrange a council of feminine staff which can assist the corporate’s leaders “make Blizzard a extra rewarding and fulfilling place for ladies to work”.

In a while the challenge plans to develop to different “under-represented minority teams”, which it claims make up 14% of the enterprise.

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The gaming trade has confronted accusations of sexism and racism for a while.

Final 12 months Blizzard mentioned it was working on technology to dam offensive feedback on websites like Twitch.

It was after a black Hearthstone participant, Terrence Miller, was the topic of racist abuse throughout a event in Austin, Texas.

The developer was additionally pressured to take away an “over-the-shoulder” victory pose from its recreation Overwatch, after criticism that it accentuated something however the shoulder.


Final September, two of the most important streaming websites – Twitch and YouTube – informed Newsbeat they had been doing what they could to stamp out misogyny.

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