Telecom T-Cell seems to have withdrawn its sponsorship of Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League and Name of Obligation League amid controversy on the recreation writer, which was just lately sued by California regulators over sexual harassment and gender discrimination claims. Information of T-Cell’s withdrawal from Activision Blizzard’s esports leagues was first reported by Dexerto.
Polygon has reached out to T-Cell and Blizzard Leisure for affirmation of T-Cell’s resolution, however didn’t hear again. Nevertheless, T-Cell’s emblem was pulled from each the Overwatch League and COD League’s lists of sponsorship companions. Point out of T-Cell has additionally been excluded from latest tweets from the Overwatch League’s Twitter account and in a latest broadcast.
T-Cell was beforehand listed because the official 5G Sponsor of the COD League and provided “T-Cell Weekly Drops” for followers. Nevertheless, as famous by Dexerto, T-Cell seems to have canceled the most recent 5G T-Cell Drop with out rationalization.
A extra apparent indicator of T-Cell’s resolution comes from the Name of Obligation League, the place throughout a latest match that includes the New York Subliners, that workforce wore stickers over their jerseys apparently to obscure the telecom’s emblem (additionally they wore duct tape to much less elegantly obscure a Draft Kings sponsorship emblem).
T-Cell nonetheless seems on the Overwatch League’s 2021 rewards information, which is branded with a T-Cell Perks emblem, however a tweet posted Monday from the OWL about these perks makes no point out of the sponsor.
Equally, T-Cell-sponsored Overwatch League workforce New York Excelsior not lists the telecom as certainly one of its official companions in a latest match between NYXL and the Shanghai Dragons. The next photos are taken from OWL broadcasts from July 11 and July 31:
The Overwatch League’s companions web page nonetheless lists Xfinity, IBM, Coca-Cola, State Farm, Cheez-It, Pringles, and Teamspeak as sponsors, as of Tuesday. Name of Obligation League’s companions present because the U.S. Military, Astro, Zenni Gaming, Scuf, Mtn Dew Sport Gasoline, and USAA Insurance coverage.
In July, Activision Blizzard was sued by the California Division of Truthful Employment and Housing (DFEH) for making a “frat boy tradition” that allowed gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment to proliferate. A number of high executives, together with former Blizzard president J. Allen Brack, had been named within the lawsuit for realizing about and enabling the alleged habits. The DFEH mentioned it carried out a two-year investigation into Activision Blizzard earlier than submitting the go well with.
Instantly following the lawsuit, Activision Blizzard made an official assertion during which it mentioned the lawsuit included “distorted, and in lots of circumstances false, descriptions of Blizzard’s previous.” Activision Blizzard govt (and former George W. Bush homeland safety advisor) Frances Townsend known as the lawsuit “really meritless and irresponsible” in an announcement that’s since been criticized by present and former workers. 1000’s of Activision Blizzard staff signed a letter asking for Townsend to step down as the manager sponsor of the ladies’s community. Following the letter, Activision Blizzard staff in California and elsewhere walked out of labor in protest of management response.
On Tuesday, J. Allen Brack stepped down as president of Blizzard Leisure. He will likely be changed by Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra, who will co-lead the corporate.