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Women in gaming industry inspire toxic culture change



Gaming continues to be a juggernaut of business, it’s everywhere and more people than ever before and plugging in and playing.

However, despite the often charming, colorful worlds and quirky characters depicted in many titles, the industry isn’t without an ominous shadow.


In line with the #Metoo movement that saw high-level movie producers and executives named and shamed for their predatory behavior towards women in their field.

Game developer Activision|Blizzard is now under investigation over reports of ongoing toxic workplace culture.

The developers behind Call of Duty & World of Warcraft saw severe backlash over the handling of a “frat boy” work culture that has victimised its female employees for years.

The gaming community has stood by employees, signal-boosting the hashtag #ActiBlizzWalkout and donating to a series of charities on social media.

Following the “Walkout for Equality” which saw protesting workers stand against female values not being accurately reflected in the words and actions of the leadership.

Statements made by head office failed to respond to the concerns of employees, Activision Blizzard chief later stepped down in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit.


With women making up half of Australians online gaming community it’s no surprise that there are so many awesome trailblazers carving a space for themselves.

Discussions around what the future may hold following the recent troubles are ongoing. But these conversations continue to inspire more and more people to come forward and stand up for their rights in this beloved space that in so many ways promotes inclusion.

This week on Ticker gaming we were joined by the Founder of Attack on geek and Women of Xbox – Dhayana (Her followers will know her as @MissDeusGeek – )

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Streaming service shift and the award season snubs



Netflix Introduces Changes to Subscription Model, Academy Award Nominations Spark Cinematic Buzz, and the Doomsday Clock Continues its Ominous Ticking.

Netflix is set to discontinue its ad-free Basic subscription in select countries, commencing with Canada and the UK in Q2 2024.

This strategic shift introduces a significant price increase for the baseline entry, signalling potential adjustments to Netflix’s global pricing structure.

Simultaneously, the 96th edition of the Academy Award nominations has stirred cinematic debates, with the prevailing question being whether the upcoming season will be dominated by “Barbie” or “Oppenheimer.” These contrasting narratives set the stage for a fierce competition, highlighting the diverse and compelling offerings in this year’s film industry.

Beyond the realm of entertainment, the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic representation of the likelihood of a human-made global catastrophe, continues its ominous countdown.

Maintained since 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the clock serves as a metaphor for threats arising from unchecked scientific and technological advances. As global tensions, environmental challenges, and technological risks persist, the ticking of the Doomsday Clock serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to address multifaceted threats to humanity.

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Adidas faces potential $320M Yeezy shoe write-off post-Kanye split



Adidas is contemplating a significant financial blow as it considers writing off $320 million worth of Yeezy shoes following its separation from music and fashion icon Kanye West.

The sportswear giant’s decision to sever ties with West’s Yeezy brand has left a mountain of unsold merchandise, threatening to dent the company’s balance sheet.

The partnership between Adidas and Kanye West, which began in 2013, had been immensely successful, with Yeezy shoes becoming a highly sought-after fashion statement.

However, recent controversies and disagreements between West and Adidas prompted the sportswear company to distance itself from the celebrity designer.

The massive inventory of Yeezy shoes now presents a dilemma for Adidas, as it grapples with finding a solution to deal with the surplus stock. A $320 million write-off could significantly impact the company’s financial performance in the short term.

Adidas is currently exploring various options, including discounting, donating, or repurposing the unsold inventory to mitigate the financial hit.

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Warner Bros discovery warns of Hollywood’s ‘real risk’ post-strikes’



Warner Bros Discovery, has issued a stark warning regarding the ‘real risk’ that Hollywood faces in the aftermath of the recent strikes that have taken a considerable toll on the industry’s financial health.

The strikes, which disrupted film and television production for several weeks, resulted in substantial financial losses for studios, production companies, and countless industry professionals.

Warner Bros Discovery emphasised the necessity for a resilient and adaptable approach to navigate the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the film and television sector.

The conglomerate stressed the importance of implementing measures to mitigate such risks in the future, which include fostering better labour relations and contingency planning to safeguard against potential disruptions.

The message underlined the need for the industry to adapt to the evolving landscape of content creation and distribution, particularly in the digital era.

This warning from Warner Bros Discovery highlights the need for the entertainment industry to recognise the ever-changing dynamics and economic challenges, and the importance of preparedness to maintain its prominent position in the global market.

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