World of Warcraft update removes problematic references to ‘gigantic sacks’ and Paris Hilton
A new patch to Activision Blizzard title World of Warcraft will remove the problematic names of two achievements.
One of those achievements was titled “My Sack is Gigantique” and had a NPC named Haris Pilton who would ask players “is your sack Gigantique” in the World’s End Tavern in Shattrath City.
It will now be renamed to “My Storage is Gigantique”.
Another was titled “Bros. Before Ho Ho Ho’s” and had players using mistletoe on eight Alliance NPCs with “Brother” in their names. It will be renamed to “Holiday Bromance”.
These changes to World of Warcraft are slight, but the latest to be made.
Blizzard will also change the name of Overwatch character Jesse McCree who was named after a developer involved in the company’s infamous “Cosby Suite” scandal.
However, more will need to be done to make meaningful change across Activision Blizzard.
The pressure group ABetterABK are campaigning for change, but claim their demands have so far been unanswered.
Those demands include an end to mandatory arbitration clauses, diverse recruitment practices, compensation data made public, and support for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion task force.
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However, these have not been acknowledged by the “chief suite” of senior leadership.
— ABetterABK (@ABetterABK) September 2, 2021
ABetterABK are joined by ABetterUbisoft in demanding reform in their respective companies following a similar sexual harassment scandal.
Together, they are campaigning for meaningful change across the industry, beyond the small changes implemented in games so far.