Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from seven countries has received lots of controversy and has even led to some video game developers to comment on the matter. The latest to issue a statement about it is Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime. Morhaime sent an e-mail to all Blizzard staff noting the ban is ‘troubling’ and that the company would make a priority of supporting any employees affected by it.
You can view the full e-mail down below..
“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.