Activision Blizzard, the character diversity score is controversial
On the 13th (domestic time), the Activision Blizzard released the ‘Diverity Space Tool’, which allows you to measure how much diversity of the game character is, and then deleted some of the posts related to the post.
Activision Blizzard said that the diver city space tool was produced to prevent unconscious prejudice and exclusion when creating games and characters. The tool was developed in 2016 with King Digital Entertainment and MIT under Activision Blizzard. This tool is based on young white men and measures the degree of diversity by scoring how different the age, physical ability, cognitive ability, physical type, gender identity, sexual taste, culture, and social background are different. In other words, the higher the score, the more social diversity.
In this announcement, the Overwatch ‘Ana’ explained for example. Ana scored 7 points in Egyptian culture and Arab in culture and race, and his physical ability lost one eye, so he lost four points, a gender identity as a woman, and a slim and attractive body in the body type.. In addition, the Divercity Space tool measured the character’s diversity in Overwatch 2 and Call of Duty: Vanguard, Activision Blizzard said.
However, the tool faced several criticisms shortly after it was released. Gamers “How can I quantify race and sexual orientation” on Twitter, “It’s the worst of what I’ve seen,” “Talking (a practical measure that selects a part of a part of a social minority group) I said it was avoided, but this is a torque. ”
Previously, Activision Blizzard has been criticized for overwatch character tracer and Soldier 76 suddenly granting sexual minorities. In addition, there were also sexual violence and discrimination Daewoo scandals for female employees who were involved in more than 80 employees, so the controversy over the fact that they scored gender, race, and gender identity.
As the controversy rose, Activision Blizzard explained that the diverity space tool is not used for game development and is only an internal test stage. He then apologized for being unpleasant for the original post on the official Twitter, and deleted the article that he tested the tool from the Call of Duty: Vanguard describing the way of operating the tool by modifying the original post.