T-Mobile vanishes from Call of Duty and Overwatch websites as Activision Blizzard lawsuit...


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In brief: T-Mobile, a major sponsor of the Call of Duty League and Overwatch League, appears to have terminated the partnership, possibly as a result of the lawsuit filed against Activision Blizzard over alleged sexual harassment in the workplace.

Dexerto reports that the T-Mobile logo no longer appears on the Call of Duty League (CDL) website, despite being visible on July 21. The Overwatch League website is also missing the company's name, though it was there as recently as July 27, and T-Mobile branding is now absent from the "Overwatch League Perks" program.

Before and after shots of the CDL website, courtesy of Dexerto

There were other signs of T-Mobile's absence during last week's Stage V Major Tournament. The company logo on the jerseys of New York Subliners players appeared to have been taped over, and there was no T-Mobile branding in any of the broadcast segments.

It's also noted that the FAQ for CDL's weekly T-Mobile sweepstake states that the final period has been canceled and "the sweepstake has ended."

While the network operator hasn't commented on why its name has vanished, it's likely related to the Activision Blizzard lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing nearly two weeks ago that alleges discrimination, sexual harassment, and 'frat boy' culture within the gaming giant.

An Activision Blizzard statement said the filing includes "distorted, and in many cases false, descriptions of Blizzard's past." The lawsuit prompted company employees to walk out of work last week in protest of the firm's response and to demand change.

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Its a shame that its taken all of this to finally hurt Activision/Blizzard, such a horrible company.
Hasn't hurt them yet. Not until a proper judgement is ordered, or enough sponsors and corporate partners pull out to have a real impact on the bottom line.


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Agreed. Activision was the downfall for blizzard. It's a shame cause blizzard was great before them.
Yeah, Activision destroyed Blizzard. Before Activision took over Blizzard cared about the quality of their games. Now? Not so much. Case in point... Warcraft 3: Remastered. God... what a dumpster fire.


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The bigger the company, the more the quality suffers. The expenses and wastes grow so large that they have to resort to bean counting just to stay afloat. Investment companies do better because they're just about capital flow and don't have to manage the day to day operations. The subsidiary child company is already doing that and not much has really changed. Less is often more when it comes to compartmentalizing corporate structures. Activision should have been happy with getting a cut instead of thinking they could have run Blizzard better. I don't know or followed the circumstances on how and why Activision acquired Blizzard. Even if Blizzard had some financial troubles, Activision could have just sent in a team to help make some adjustments along with necessary capital infusion and get the hell out of the way. Centralization is usually a lumbering fool with clumsy dynamic responses. Some might point to China as a centralization success story, but keep in mind that America by and large along with the rest of the world funded China's rise. They didn't do it alone or in a naturally aspirated manner (think V8 engine), so they really shouldn't get cocky. More exploitatively if the truth be told. North Korea as an example is a disaster, and would fall somebody didn't keep bailing them out. I digress. I'm starting to go off on a tangent and getting off topic, so I'll just leave it at that.
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