Last week, Activision Blizzard was sued by the state of California after the state conducted a two-year long investigation and found countless cases of sexual harassment and discrimination at the company. Included in the legal filing by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing was a mention of the "Cosby Suite."

Today, while Blizzard employees were staging a walkout in support of the lawsuit, Kotaku published a piece that goes into detail about what they discovered about this Cosby Suite. If you thought the idea of the Cosby Suite was bad before, it's probably about to get a lot worse.

According to Kotaku's findings, a fair number of employees knew about the Cosby Suite beyond the lawsuit named Alex Afrasiabi. The Cosby Suite was the name of Afrasiabi's BlizzCon 2013 hotel room and is indeed named after the (previously) convicted rapist Bill Cosby.

In the lawsuit, Afrasiabi was said to hit on female employees, say he wanted to marry them, attempt to kiss them, and constantly put his arms around them. This was done in plain view of other employees, including supervisors, many of which who tried to intervene and pull him off of the female employees.

Afrasiabi even posted images and comments on his Facebook profile concerning the Cosby Suite. The images were shared with Kotaku from a former Blizzard developer. The Cosby Suite was a "booze-filled meeting place where many, including Afrasiabi, would pose with an actual portrait of Bill Cosby while smiling. It was also reportedly a "hot spot for informal networking at BlizzCon." This would be where people went to try to make inroads at the company and hang out with top designers.

In the photos, Afrasiabi could be seen surrounded by a variety of people. One such photo is of Afrasiabi and members of Blizzard sitting on a bed in front of a photograph of Bill Cosby. A former Blizzard member says that at least one of the people on the bed is a representative from the HR department at Blizzard.

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Another image from the same album shows a shot of a group chat called the "BlizzCon Cosby Crew." In the chat, former Blizzard designer David Kosak wrote, "I am gathering the hot chixx for the Coz."

“Bring em,” replies Afrasiabi. “You can’t marry ALL of them Alex,” Kosak writes. “I can, I’m middle eastern,” responds Afrasiabi. Jesse McCree, currently a lead game designer at Blizzard, then writes, “You misspelled fuck.”
Other members present in the chat are Cory Stockton, currently a lead game designer at Blizzard. Also seen is Greg Street, a former Blizzard developer that is currently working on a new MMO at Riot Games.

You may argue that maybe these employees were unaware of the many, many allegations of sexual assault by Bill Cosby. That argument really falls apart when the first allegations against Bill Cosby surfaced way back in 2005 for an incident that took place in 1965. Other allegations were made public in the early 1980s, another in 1996. More allegations against Cosby surfaced in February 2000, then again in January 2004, then again in July 2005, and again in 2006. Really, the list goes on. The point here is that the Bill Cosby had sexual assault allegations levied against him many times before Blizzard's "Cosby Suite" materialized in 2013.

“It was such a boys club that creating something like the ‘Cosby Suite’ was seen as funny,” one source told Kotaku. “Only you could get an efficy laid, Alex [Afrasiabi],” reads one of the Facebook comments on the picture. “#CozApproved,” reads another written by Kosak.
In 2020, Afrasiabi quietly left Activision Blizzard. We are now learning that Afrasiabi was terminated for his "misconduct in his treatment of other employees" after an employee brought the events of 2013 to light with their superiors. Prior to the lawsuit being made, many references to Afrasiabi remained in World of Warcraft. On Tuesday, Blizzard said that references to him would soon be removed from the game.

Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Activision Blizzard's official public stance said that the allegations are "distorted, and in many cases false." On July 28, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick sent out a letter to all employees about the lawsuit and allegations in which he said the previous remarks issued by the company were "tone deaf." Kotick's letter were met with a response by the employees, which can be seen below.

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