Lego delays Overwatch 2 as company reassesses relationship with Activision Blizzard

The name Monitoring 2 has become synonymous with delay. First reported by The Brick Fan, a review site for Lego, the hugely popular toy maker is delaying the release of a Monitoring 2– thematic set as the company reviews its relationship with Monitoring 2 publisher Activision Blizzard.

In a statement to The edge, Alice Carter, Senior Director of Corporate Branding Communications at Lego, said:

We are currently reviewing our partnership with Activision Blizzard due to concerns about progress being made to address persistent claims about workplace culture, particularly the treatment of female colleagues and creating a diverse and inclusive environment. While we complete the review, we will be suspending the release of a LEGO Overwatch 2 product that was scheduled to go on sale on February 1, 2022.

Activision Blizzard has been embroiled in a massive legal battle with several government agencies over allegations that its employees fostered a work environment plagued by discrimination, abuse and sexual harassment. As companies like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo publicly and privately voice their concerns about Activision Blizzard, Lego appears to be the first games-adjacent company to take direct action. Last year advertisers such as Kellogg’s and Coca-Cola withdrew their Overwatch League sponsorships – Activision Blizzard’s Monitoring esports league – when the allegations first came to light.

In an interview on the New York Times Podcast To balanceXbox director Phil Spencer said Xbox has changed the way it does things with Activision Blizzard, but declined to go into details.

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