04 Nov 2021 7:42 PM +00:00 UTC

Activision Blizzard Announces Partnership With Women in Games International

Women In Games International (WIGI) is a non-profit establishment, aiming to ensure gender equality and dedicating more resources towards involving more women in gaming, and Activision Blizzard announced a joint partnership with the organization. Through a multitude of conferences, newsletters, and programs, WIGI addresses issues important to women professionals in the industry.

A post on the WIGI website announced Activision Blizzard has also given $1 million in a grant to WIGI, the largest donation the organization has received to date.

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Activision Blizzard Announces A Partnership With Women in Games International

The grant will contribute towards development and mentorship programs, some of which include enabling women to attend expensive gaming conferences, power leveling workshops for confidence building, and more. It's also in keeping with ActiBlizz CEO Bobby Kotick's recent promise to continue supporting diversity and inclusion.

WIGI board member and former co-leader of Blizzard, Jen Oneal, announced her excitement for the partnership:

Our goal with this grant is to drive diversity, equity, and inclusion within our industry. This donation from Activision Blizzard is an investment in the future of women in games, and a great step toward lasting, impactful change. I couldn’t be more excited to work together with the WIGI team. Through our collective focus and expertise, the partnership is full of potential.
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Chairman of the Board of WIGI, Careen Yapp, expanded on the details of the donation, stating that the grant would help develop unique programs:

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This generous donation will help us further expand our mission to advance economic equality and diversity in the global games industry. We look forward to working with Jen in developing new programs, as well as continuing to grow the many resources WIGI has already implemented - all with an eye toward building a far richer future for women in games.

While CEO of WIGI, Joanie Kraut, echoed Yapp's thoughts:

With the funds from Activision Blizzard, we can significantly support the advancement of women in the global games industry by continuing to develop and administer impactful programs and workshops focused on mentorship, self-advocacy, and career advancement.

Activision Blizzard is in the midst of several lawsuits, with both the State of California and the company's employees alleging unfair labour practices and sexual misconduct. This association with WIGI could mark one step forward in addressing these deep-rooted problems.