It seems Blizzard can’t stop causing a stir in the media. This time, however, it is for all the wrong reasons. Following homophobic comments made by George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, the lead-singer for the US Death-Metal band Cannibal Corpse, at this year’s Blizzcon in Las Vegas, Blizzard faces uproar from their community.
Although the interview with Fisher was censored and bleeped accordingly, an uncensored version of the interview has found its way onto GayGamer. The homophobic insults were directed at Alliance players and immediately “taken out of context”, as one community member suggested in an attempt to defend both Fisher and Blizzard.
Blizzard’s online community was quick to jump onto the anti-homophobia bandwagon and three separate threads have opened on Blizzard’s official community forums, where they have vented their anger and frustration at both Blizzard and “Corpsegrinder”.
At the time of submission, the community still eagerly awaits some kind of comment or statement from George Fisher, although some community members now feel that this was a cruel attempt at free publicity by both parties.
Community manager Bashlok said that Blizzard has issued a statement in which they apologise for the comments made during the interview. The statement is as follows:
“Hey guys, we read and heard all the feedback from Blizzcon this year. The Corpsegringer bit was never intended to be taken seriously. We are sorry that we offended anyone; everything at our shows is just meant in fun. Thank you all for speaking up. We’ll definitely keep this in mind for future shows.”
It seems that Blizzard’s community has been somewhat riled by the publisher’s actions as of late. The recent announcement that Blizzard will monetise their online community has equally caused a stir, some users even calling to boycott Blizzard Marketplace.