LEGO hits pause on release of Overwatch 2 set because of Activision Blizzard’s toxicity

The behaviour of higher-ups at Activision Blizzard has cost the firm dearly in both its stock price and reputation, and the company was served another blow this week from an unlikely source.

LEGO has announced that its Overwatch 2 set – LEGO Overwatch 2 Titan (76980) – won’t be released on 1st February and it will instead hit pause on the release.

While the allegations laid against Activision Blizzard drew responses from the likes of Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony, LEGO is seemingly concerned about the lack of action from Activision Blizzard since the allegations were made.

“We are currently reviewing our partnership with Activision Blizzard, 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,” a statement from LEGO sent to The Brick Fan reads.

“While we complete the review, we will pause the release of a LEGO Overwatch 2 product which was due to go on sale on February 1, 2022.”

Precious little has been done by the Activision Blizzard board since a lawsuit was filed against the firm by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

The firm did form the Workplace Responsibility Committee to, “oversee the Company’s progress in successfully implementing its new policies, procedures, and commitments to improve workplace culture and eliminate all forms of harassment and discrimination at the Company”.

However, this committee is overseen by Kotick who is alleged to have kept reports of harassment from the board of directors.

With all of this having been said it’s worth remembering that Kotick said he’d consider stepping down if Activision Blizzard’s issues aren’t resolved quickly.

We are hopeful that this pressure from outside forces will prompt real change in the upper echelons of Activision Blizzard although if we’re honest, that hope is vanishingly small.


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