References to Alex Afrasiabi Removed in World of Warcraft
Earlier today, the
issued a statement that they were removing inappropriate references in the game. This evening, we are starting to see in-game references to former Senior Creative Director Alex Afrasiabi removed. Thanks to Roeser for providing screenshots of most NPC changes.
Some examples include:
Fras Siabi's Axe from Dire Maul is now Grimm's Cigar Cutter;
All Fras Siabi references in Stratholme, both the dungeon and pet challenge, now direct to Ezra Grimm - Such as the mini-boss Ezra Grimm, The Great Ezra Grimm quest and Ezra Grimm's Advertisement;
All Furor items have been renamed - Foror's Compendium of Dragon Slaying is now Nostro's Compendium of Dragon Slaying. The Autographed Picture of Foror and Tigule now only features Tigule, a reference to Jeff Kaplan.
Field Marshal Afrasiabi in Stormwind has been replaced by Field Marshal Stonebridge;
Lord Afrastrasz at Wyrmrest Temple is now Lord Devrestrasz;
Pathstalker Kariel in Eversong Woods is now Pathstalker Avokor;
Shard of Afrasa is now Shard of the Splithooves;
We are currently updating our database to reflect the new names and will add more changed references as we discover them. Below you can see the official statement from the Warcraft team addressing the changes:
While we turn to our team for guidance in our internal work to protect marginalized groups and hold accountable those who threaten them, we also want to take immediate action in Azeroth to remove references that are not appropriate for our world. This work has been underway, and you will be seeing several such changes to both Shadowlands and WoW Classic in the coming days.
According to the lawsuit, Alex Afrasiabi frequently harassed women, which other top members of Blizzard knew about but did little to curtail.
47. In a blatant example of Defendant's refusal to deal with a harasser because of his seniority/position, Alex Afrasiabi, the former Senior Creative Director of World of Warcraft at Blizzard Entertainment, was permitted to engage in blatant sexual harassment with little to no repercussions. During a company event (an annual convention called BlizzCon) Afrasiabi would hit on female employees, telling him he wanted to marry them, attempting to kiss them, and putting his arms around them. This was in plain view of other male employees, including supervisors, who had to intervene and pull him off female employees. Afrasiabi was so known to engage in harassment of females that his suite was nicknamed the "Cosby Suite" after alleged rapist Bill Cosby. Afrasiabi would also call females derogatory names at company events. Afrasiabi's conduct was known to Blizzard Entertainment's executives, who took no effective remedial measures. J. Allen Brack, President of Blizzard Entertainment, allegedly had multiple conversations with Afrasiabi about his drinking and that he had been "too friendly" towards female employees at company events but gave Afrasiabi a slap on the wrist (ie verbal counseling) in response to these incidents. Subsequently, Afrasiabi continued to make unwanted advances towards female employees, including grabbing a female employee's hand and inviting her to his hotel room and groping another women.
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