Astro Gaming, a manufacturer of gaming peripherals, is rumored to have dropped Call of Duty League sponsorship. Charlieintel has reported that the Call of Duty League MVP event website now features the Astro Gaming logo. This comes as Activision Blizzard faces a major lawsuit regarding its company culture.
T-Mobile is not the only peripheral manufacturer to drop its sponsorship of the Call of Duty League’s newest event. T-Mobile has stopped sponsoring the Overwatch League and dropped the Call of Duty League as a Sponsor a few weeks back. It’s unclear if Astro Gaming will continue to sponsor the Overwatch League at the moment.
Astro Gaming Drops Sponsorship for Call of Duty League
Many other companies have dropped sponsorships of the Overwatch League, including State Farm and IBM. Currently, there are only three companies listed on the Overwatch League’s Partners page: Xfinity and Coca-Cola.
After Activision Blizzard, the publisher of the franchises, was sued, the mass exodus of sponsors came from both the Call of Duty League as well as the Overwatch League. After a two-year investigation, the State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed the lawsuit. It alleges that Activision Blizzard promoted a culture of “frat houses” where sexual harassment, discrimination and pay inequalities were all commonplace.
Activision Blizzard went through a major upheaval since the lawsuit was filed. J. Allen Brack, the president of Blizzard, resigned on August 3. Developers at the large publisher’s companies protested and demanded that the company be restructured.