- Blizzard embroiled in yet another controversy.
- Rep. Lou Correa lambasts publisher for hosting racist guilds in World of Warcraft.
- Correa demands Blizzard take action.
It seems Blizzard can’t catch a break as of late. The World of Warcraft publisher is embroiled in yet another controversy following the decision to ban Hearthstone pro Blitzchung for coming out in support of the Hong Kong protest movement.
Rep. Lou Correa Slams Blizzard
Californian member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Lou Correa, has lambasted Blizzard for allowing fringe Neo-nazi guilds to exist within World of Warcraft.
In a tweet authored last week, Correa slates the publisher for facilitating racism in its massively popular MMORPG. A member of Correa’s staff fell upon a Halloween costume event with all too apparent racist undertones.
Correa’s staffer provides a picture for reference. In it, we see a member of the notoriously racist guild, The Enclave, sporting a white outfit. The design is uncomfortably similar to the robes of the Klu Klux Klan. He is sided by two slave-like characters. One of which has their in-game moniker to read the name of American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.
The robed player, known in-game as Horrigan comments ‘Next stop: Charlottesville.’ This, in reference to the Unite the Right rally held in the Virginia city in summer 2017, where a counter-protester died at the hands of a white supremacist who mowed his car into a crowd of anti-racist protesters.
In an email to Vice, Correa says;
The user-generated content found in World of Warcraft is just one example of how far-right extremists are infiltrating online platforms and video games.