Blizzard is launching a "global diversity and inclusion initiative" aimed at raising the percentage of women and underrepresented minority groups in its workforce and improving the work environment for those groups, according to an internal company email recently received by Kotaku.
Twenty-one percent of Blizzard's employees are women. Girls who Code is one organisation that is named in the email.
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The diversity push will focus on women first, then expand to include "under represented minority groups", Blizzard president Mike Morhaime said in the email.
Morhaime mentions that the company does not plan to set quotas for the number of women it hires, but will instead encourage employees to refer qualified women to open positions. Further, female developers leave Blizzard at a higher rater compared to their men counterparts, and that while how frequently female developers leave the company is in line with the industry overall, Blizzard wants to change this. Additionally there are plans to "enhance inclusiveness for those who identify as women", improve bias training, host "networking sessions and mentoring groups for women across the company", and put on an annual "Women @ Blizzard" summit too. The council has monthly meetings where women advise on Blizzard projects and "think through ideas to attract more women and make Blizzard a more rewarding and enjoyable place for women to work".
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With the release of its multiplayer shooter Overwatch, last year, the company has made headlines for being so inclusive and for stressing the importance of diversity in video games.
In the conclusion to the email on Kotaku, Morhaime said "Our diversity initiative will require a commitment from every one of us, but especially from our leaders, managers, and hiring teams".
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