Game Bits: Facebook Blocks Ads For A Game, WoW Director Fired by Activision For Misconduct

Facebook Has Blocked Ads For Road ’96 Game

Facebook has blocked adverts for the adventure game Road ’96, claiming that the content presented does not meet the platform’s policies on social, electoral, or political messaging.
Road 96 developer Yoan Fanise told Axios that he initially thought the decision was a joke.
According to Fanise, the ad in question did contain language that could be considered political, such as reaching the border and escaping a troubled country. Some of the narrative themes of the game are reflected in this messaging.
In addition to being a politically themed title, Road 96 is a game that has you hitchhiking, meeting people, and more.
Facebook did not specify how advertisements are screened.
Facebook’s decision to block Road 96’s advertisement raises questions about what it considers political advertising.
Commercials for titles such as Call of Duty run often, and it can be argued that these games are also political.

Activision Fired WoW Director For Misconduct

Activision Blizzard confirmed that Alex Afrasiabi, the former senior creative director of World of Warcraft, was fired last year over “misconduct in his treatment of other employees.”
Apart from various references to Blizzard president J. It was only Afrasiabi who was specifically mentioned. Allen Brack — in the lawsuit filed against the publisher.
According to the lawsuit, WoW’s director would allegedly “hit on female employees, telling them he wanted to marry them, kissing them, and putting his arms around them.”
According to the document, “Afrasiabi was known for harassing females to the point where his suite was nicknamed the ‘Cosby Suite’ after the alleged rapist Bill Cosby.”
Kotaku has run a lengthy report on the Cosby Suite — Afrasiabi’s hotel room during BlizzCon 2013 — and the alleged misconduct that took place there, orchestrated by Afrasiabi and other prominent Blizzard employees.
Activision Blizzard confirmed that it was aware of these claims and dealt with Afrasiabi appropriately.
A spokesperson for Activision Blizzard told the website that an employee brought these 2013 events to their attention in June 2020.
At the time of the report, we had already conducted a separate investigation of Alex Afrasiabi and terminated him for his misconduct in treating other employees.”
World of Warcraft’s development team released a statement earlier this week promising changes both behind the scenes and in the game.
In-game changes have not yet been revealed, but PC Gamer reports fans are calling for Blizzard to remove in-jokes regarding Afrasiabi, whose name appears associated with multiple characters and items.
According to the fan site Wowhead, these references have since been removed.
At the present time, Activision Blizzard is facing criticism both for the alleged discrimination and harassment that a lawsuit has alleged, as well as for how it handling the litigation.
Bobby Kotick eventually detailed plans for a third-party legal firm to review company policies and procedures, promising “decisive action” for offenders and terminating managers who impeded reporting processes.
Former and current staff claim Kotick’s statement failed to address multiple issues laid out in his open letter published earlier this week.

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