In the wake of the sexism lawsuit against Blizzard, all references surrounding Alex Afrasiabi were deleted from World of Warcraft back in late July. The former associate quest designer for WoW is facing some sexism charges and was the only employee singled out by name in the indictment. The developer, also formerly known as Furor or Valnoth in the game, has already been on leave since April 2020.
According to the Washington Post, references to Louis Barriga (former lead developer for WoW, later Diablo 4) and Jonathan LeCraft (former senior game designer) will also be removed from World of Warcraft (buy now 14,99 € ).
Currently, another popular Blizzard game, "World of Warcraft," still contains references to Jesse McCree in the form of five character names and one city name. However, multiple current employees who wished to remain anonymous out of fear of reprisal said Thursday that nods to the longtime level designer will be removed from the game soon as well. In addition, references to two other former Blizzard developers, "Diablo 4" director Luis Barriga and "World of Warcraft" designer Jonathan LeCraft, will also be removed. A Blizzard spokesperson confirmed these changes.
"We can confirm that those references in 'World of Warcraft' will be removed," the spokesperson said.
- Nathan Grayson, The Washington Post
The two developers, alongside Jesse McCree, have left the company in the wake of the sexism lawsuit against Blizzard. In the game, they are embodied by Crafticus Mindbender and Torturer LeCraft, among others. The Overwatch team has also drawn consequences from the situation and will rename the hero McCree. In addition, fictional characters in the Overwatch universe will never again be named after active or former employees.
McCree has also left his footprints in WoW. Not only have Arugs zones like Mac'Aree been named after him, but so have Jesseriah McCree, Jessup McCree, Marshal McCree, Jenny McCree, and Jessera of Mac'Aree.
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