Blizzard President Apologizes for Homophobic BlizzCon Video Presentation

October 28, 2011 -

Blizzard Entertainment President Mike Morhaime has apologized for the video clip that ran during the final performance at BlizzCon. That video clip featured comments from George Fisher of Cannibal Corpse talking about the game, and using a number of homophobic slurs. He also performed at BlizzCon as part of the Blizzard rock group Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain. Morhaime, who is also a member of that group, threw himself on his sword in a letter to GayGamer.

"As president of Blizzard, I take full responsibility for everything that occurs at Blizzcon," he wrote. "It was shortsighted and insensitive to use the video at all, even in censored form. The language used in the original version, including the slurs and use of sexual orientation as an insult, is not acceptable, period."

"We realize now that having even an edited version at the show was counter to the standards we try to maintain in our forums and in our games. Doing so was an error in judgment, and we regret it," continued Morhaime. "The bottom line is we deeply apologize for our mistakes and for hurting or offending anyone. We want you to have fun at our events, and we want everyone to feel welcome. We're proud to be part of a huge and diverse community, and I am proud that so many aspects of the community are represented within Blizzard itself."

"As a leader of Blizzard, and a member of the band, I truly hope you will accept my humblest apology," he added.

Source: GayGamer. Thanks to Ivresse for the tip.


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Re: Blizzard President Apologizes for Homophobic BlizzCon ...

Good to see Blizzard taken down a few pegs. Now if the Internet was truly intelligent they would demand an apology from Activision and it's CEO since they are the parent company of Blizzard.

Re: Blizzard President Apologizes for Homophobic BlizzCon ...

Actually Blizzard still operates independently of Activsion. They're still autonomous, just they have more money to work with, and I don't see Activision tacking their name onto Blizzcon.

Re: Blizzard President Apologizes for Homophobic BlizzCon ...

But Activision is the favored whipping boy in the arrangement. Blizzard can continue doing things they'd already been doing (eg: pre-release review blackouts, WoW reducing the "attunement grind," and talk about putting Starcraft II cinematics on DVD), and Kotick gets all the hate.

Re: Blizzard President Apologizes for Homophobic BlizzCon ...

Well then they need to tell that to all the people directing their anger at Blizzard.

Re: Blizzard President Apologizes for Homophobic BlizzCon ...

My hat goes off to Morhaime on this one, esp given the amount of homophobic appologist rallying we have seen around the original clip.

Re: Blizzard President Apologizes for Homophobic BlizzCon ...

Which continues on the forums, people are saying Blizzard should never have apologized and are telling the people offended to "man up"

Re: Blizzard President Apologizes for Homophobic BlizzCon ...

Not surprising.  

A minority of the 'normal' usually end up getting butthurt when confronted with the idea that they might have to think of the feelings of someone other then their group and can get pretty vicious about how others are spoiling their fun by being hurt.

Re: Blizzard President Apologizes for Homophobic BlizzCon ...

On the forums there was gay bashing all week

Re: Blizzard President Apologizes for Homophobic BlizzCon ...

Well, I'm sure it had nothing to do with the completely overblown response to one idiot's juvenile rant.  Most likely, Blizzard just secretly hates gays.

 
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Goth_SkunkThe difference between one voice being offensive and a cabal being offensive.07/31/2015 - 8:22pm
MechaCrashFunny how "you're offended, so what" flips into "we're offended, retract everything and apologize."07/31/2015 - 8:18pm
MattsworknameIts not the only argument he points out ,its just one of them07/31/2015 - 8:06pm
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Andrew EisenWith the exception of a brief mention in Golding's Tumbr post. Even so, he's talking about gamer identity, not desire for diversity in gaming.07/31/2015 - 7:50pm
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Andrew EisenWell, unless it's disingenuous twaddle but I like to give people the benefit of the doubt.07/31/2015 - 7:42pm
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Andrew EisenNot unless he's referring to a completely different set of Gamers Are Dead articles.07/31/2015 - 7:19pm
 

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