President Donald Trump recently gave an executive order to ban a hand full of Muslim countries. Citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen can not enter the United States of America.
The ban has affected a small portion of the gaming industry as well. For example, some Blizzard Entertainment employees are stuck suffering due to Trump’s decision.
Mike Morhaime, CEO of Blizzard Entertainment, shared a statement in support of the company’s affected employees. He made it clear that Blizzard’s legal team is in contact with them.
A number of you have reached out to me about the recent U.S. executive order banning refugees and barring citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days. I share the concerns that many of you, and many within our industry, have expressed.
The executive order issued on Friday directly affected a small number of our employees and their families, and supporting them is a priority for us. Our HR and Legal teams are in touch with those impacted and are providing travel guidance as well as legal assistance and further counseling as needed. If you need to talk to anyone about the impact of the order, please reach out to your HR partner. We’ll monitor the situation, and others, for further developments so we can continue to provide resources and support.
The executive order strikes an incredibly sharp contrast with the values on which our company was founded. We are, and will always be, a company that strives for inclusion, embraces diversity, and treats one another with respect. This is the very foundation of what makes not just our company — but America — great, which is why I am so troubled by these actions. Regardless of where you are from or what your religious beliefs are, our strength is in our diversity.
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me directly.
This is a developing story so we will have more updates for you once Blizzard shares.