Blizzard President Speaks Out Against Player Harassment

By Griffin Cost – 10th November 2014
Blizzard President Speaks Out Against Player Harassment

Blizzard is speaking out against hazing in the gaming world? My God!

Gather around, everyone; it’s time to play Griffin Cost’s ironically-structured-and-timed gameshow where we take a look at CEOs who try to take the moral high ground of a recurring issue and end up saying nothing at all. This time, our sacrifice is Blizzard’s CEO, Co-Founder, and general alpha dog Mike Morhaime. If you want to play, scroll down to the bottom of the article and follow the instructions located there before reading the rest.

His chosen topic to water down this week is the subject of gamergate and other armchair revolutions disrupting our little industry- harassment.


While I can sincerely applaud CEO Morhaime’s murloc moxy in even mentioning #gamergate on a stage as public at Blizzcon, as well as any other authority figure who brings attention to a problem rather than sweeping it under the rug, I do find issue with his politically-correct, unnecessarily vague form of delivery. I’m not here to impose my opinion on anyone, harass any CEO or individual in particular, I’m just here to tear apart some corporate powertalk. The opinions expressed below do NOT reflect those of Steelseries, Ozone Gaming, or the gamerheadlines staff. Now, if you’d like, we can all take pleasure in exposing a banal and useless gesture serving audiences’ egos and speakers wallet more than the victims of the issue said speaker is referencing.

Reader discretion is advised.

How are we going to open this off, Mike?

“Over the past couple of months, there’s been a small group of people who have been doing really awful things.”

Yeah, I know. Those election campaigners said some really nasty stuff, especially that pig lady in Iowa.

Care to tell us more about this devilish group of nameless ne’er-do-wells?

“They have been making some people’s lives miserable, and they are tarnishing our reputation as gamers. It’s not right.”

I’m pretty sure the pig lady’s right wing, but hey I’ve been wrong before.

Wait, GAMERS are the ones having their reputation tarnished! Quick, everyone look in a mirror! That’s what WE are! Let’s make these vague PR scapegoats pay, boys! We’ll make ’em squeal Morhaime!

“Let’s carry the good vibes from this weekend out into the world all year round.”

…Squeal with utter joy, that is! Because kindness is the ultimate weapon! Just look at what it did to Japan!

Turns out those “good vibes” were actually radioactive microwaves.

“There is another person on the other end of the chat screen. They’re our friends.”

Your friends? I’m pretty sure I was badmouthing a five year-old on CoD:AW and not a Blizzard Stockholder.

“Our brothers and sisters. Our sons and daughters.”

Okay, slow down Blizzard; this is harassment over a piece of escapist software, not the American Civil War.

“Let’s take a stand to reject hate and harassment. And let’s redouble our efforts to be kind and respectful for one another, and let’s remind the world what the game community is really all about.”


Now, for those of you who jumped down directly to the comments and didn’t read the disclaimer or bulk of the article, here’s a challenge for you.

Below this line break are blockquotes; Four are quotes from Blizzard’s CEO Morhaime’s anti-hate speech, one is a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, one is a statement from the Dalai Lama, and the rest are statements I’ve written in the same language of vague powertalk about racial conflict. See if you can figure out which is which, let me see your guesses in the comments.

1.Let’s carry the good vibes from this weekend out into the world all year round.”

2. “Harassment like this shouldn’t be encouraged or allowed.”

3. “They’re people just like you or me, and we shouldn’t treat them any differently.”

4. “Sometimes people are mean to each other for no good reason. That doesn’t mean we have to act the same way.”

5. “Over the past couple of months, there’s been a small group of people who have been doing really awful things.” 

6. “They’re our friends. Our brothers and sisters. Our sons and daughters.”

7. “No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.”

8. “Let’s take a stand to reject hate and harassment.”

9. “We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.”

Stay Frosty, readers, and keep your eyes glued to, your one-stop site for tech buzz, gaming news, and reviews for the releases that matter to YOU.

  • Its not oky to harrass, and it is more important than racial oppression, and were not gamers we are artists waiting to hapen

  • Mr0303

    With such vague statements he could have mentioned anything. Not once in his speech did he say gamergate maybe to avoid fallout from either side of the argument, which begs the question why did he mentioned it at all?
    He could be speaking in harassment in general, but then why mention the last couple of months? If he’s equating trash talking in online play to harassment – this is not stopping.

    This speech would’ve been more useful if it was Mr Rogers saying “Be nice to each other. You are one in a million.” on stage.