Blizzard is looking to expand the female presence within their company according to a company wide email sent out by Mike Morhaime. This is the first step in their all inclusiveness plans for the company.
According to an article from Kotaku, Mike Morhaime, CEO of Blizzard recently sent out an internal email to the employees of Blizzard. The subject matter of the email pertained to the female presence within Blizzard. Currently, the female work force only makes up roughly 21% of the Blizzard team, and they look to expand on that.
Blizzard aren’t looking to fill quotas, but rather encourage more female referrals. The memo noted that there is a high turn around percentage for female employees, which is also reflective in the gaming industry as a whole.
They will begin also recruiting from women’s conferences and universities with a focus on women leaders. Blizzard will also be partnering with “Girls Who Code” in hopes to recruit more women who are passionate within the computer science field. Blizzard wants to enhance their inclusiveness to people who identify as women by creating network sessions for women employed at Blizzard as well as an annual retreat.
Their focus at first will be on women but will expand to other underrepresented groups who currently make up 14% of the work force. It is noted in the email that Blizzard already has an LGBTQ Council available for monthly meetings to advise on Blizzard projects. There is also similarly a women’s council that is made up of various levels at Blizzard. Morhaime closed out his email stating.
“Our diversity initiative will require a commitment from every one of us, but especially from our leaders, managers, and hiring teams, we appreciate your dedication to help Blizzard achieve this goal.”
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