Overwatch 2: Blizzard Removes Reference to Jeff Kaplan

Overwatch 2: Blizzard Removes Reference to Jeff Kaplan

Overwatch 2: Blizzard Removes Reference to Jeff Kaplan

After Activision-Blizzard became the subject to a lawsuit over its workplace culture, reports of discrimination and sexual harassment, it appears that the Overwatch group is still removing references to real-world people. This time, we are talking about Jeff Kaplan (ex-Vice President of Blizzard), who resigned from the company in April.

The change was noted by Reddit fans during an Overwatch2 presentation at this weekend’s Overwatch League Grand Finals. This showcase was intended to show off rework for Sombra, Bastion, and host an exhibition match for the sequel. The match and the breakdowns were held in New York, where there was once Jeph’s Corner Pizza , a reference to Kaplan. The Jeph appears to have been dropped from the name of the pizza shop.

Learn more about the Activision Blizzard lawsuit

  • SEC Subpoenas Activision-Blizzard Regarding Workplace Discrimination
  • New Lawsuit Alleges Activision-Blizzard Threatened Organizing Employees
  • Activision Blizzard Employees To Stage a Walkout To Protest Workplace Harassment

The Overwatch group has also confirmed that it will rename the hero Jesse McCree as his namesake was specifically named in the lawsuit. Kaplan was not named in the lawsuit. However, as an ex-Vice President of Blizzard his knowledge of the company’s activities to female employees warrants questioning. Beyond Overwatch Blizzard removed World of Warcraft content that had references to Alex Afrasiabi, a former employee.

Overwatch 2 will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It features a story campaign, more PvE elements, and more than the original game.

Overwatch 2: Blizzard Removes Reference to Jeff Kaplan
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