Last week, a division of the state of California filed suit against Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard.
The video game giant behind “Call of Duty,” “World of Warcraft,” “Overwatch” and more is a company as vital to the Los Angeles entertainment community as Disney, Netflix, Sony and any of the Hollywood players who get far more mainstream media scrutiny.
The case against it is historic, in part because this is the first suit filed under a recently passed senate bill that requires private employers with 100 or more employees to submit a report annually to the state with pay data for specified job categories broken down by race, ethnicity and sex.
But mostly because it lays bare, for the public record, the gross inequalities that have long plagued a male-dominated industry that has yet to properly address its broken, sexist culture.
The suit also makes clear that the video game community