Game Bits: PUBG Game Tournament Sets Record For Prize Money, More Details About Activision Sexual Harassment Suit

PUBG Tournament Will Have $6 Million Prize

At the end of the PUBG Mobile World Invitational (PMWI 2021), Krafton’s PUBG Corp and Tencent Games (which publishes PUBG Mobile in India) announced details for the Global Championship (2021) including a $6 million USD prize pool.
The amount qualifies the PMGC 2021 to the list of biggest prize pools in esports history, left behind by six editions of Valve’s Dota 2 The International ($34.3 million in 2019), the 2019 edition of Epic Games’ Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019 ($30.4 million), the 2021 Honor of Kings World Champion Cup ($7.6 million), the 2021 PUBG Global Invitational.S ($7 million), and the 2018 Riot Games’ League of Legends World Championship ($6.4 million).
Even so, it is the largest prize pool for mobile battle royale esports to date.
In addition to investing the same amount in prizes, PMWI 2021 spent $3 million on charity, with winners Alpha 7 Esports and Valdus Esports taking home $1.5 million each from the west and east conferences, respectively.
Considering that this is the main tournament of the PUBG Mobile competitive calendar, the amount is three times bigger than the 2020 edition. Teams from the PUBG Mobile Pro League (PMPL) and the Regional Championships will compete in the PMGC 2021 in November.

More Details About Acrivions Blizzard Sexual Harassment Suit

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing has sued Activision Blizzard for what it calls a “frat boy” culture that fosters abusive behavior toward female employees.
Activision Blizzard makes World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Hearthstone, and operates esports leagues such as the Call of Duty League and Overwatch League.
A 29-page complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday lists numerous complaints against the company gleaned from an investigation into its labor practices that lasted two years. An investigation found that Activision Blizzard’s male employees engaged in sexual harassment, unequal pay, and retaliation against women, who make up 20 percent of the company’s workforce.

DFEH alleges the following:

The male employees played video games during work hours and delegated responsibilities to the female employees.

The male employees made jokes about rape often and sometimes had sexually suggestive conversations.

The company forbade promotions for pregnant women.

Women were ridiculed for picking up their children from daycare.

We kicked female employees out of breastfeeding rooms so that male employees could use them for meetings.
Employees and supervisors at the World of Warcraft team allegedly sexually harassed women, made rape comments, and spoke in a demeaning manner.
During a company trip with a male supervisor, an Activision employee took her own life. Prior to that, she was subjected to what the agency called intense sexual harassment, including having nude photos circulated at a holiday party.
The DFEH is seeking an injunction against the company to force it to comply with federal and state workplace protections, as well as damages for unpaid wages, adjustments in pay, back pay, and lost wages and benefits for female employees affected by the company’s practices and culture.
Activision Blizzard said the DFEH portrayals of the company’s culture are false and misleading in a statement to Bloomberg Law:
“The DFEH includes distorted, and sometimes false, descriptions of Blizzard’s past,” it said. “We have been extremely cooperative with them throughout their inquiry, including providing them with extensive documentation, but they refused to inform us of what issues they viewed.

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