is about fun and fantasy, not about preaching diversity, the studio said.
Polygon pulled quotes
from Heroes of the Storm
Game Director Dustin Browder
in which he defended the sexualization of the MOBA's female characters by claiming that, "We're not sending a message. Nobody should look to our game for that." He also claimed that he didn't "get the applications" of specifically hiring female developers for the title. Browder later apologized
for those remarks.
But this month, Blizzard Executive Producer Rob Pardo
acknowledged that the studio still struggles in its portrayal of women, explaining that "most of [Blizzard's] developers are guys who grew up reading comics books."
"We're not trying to bring in serious stuff, or socially relevant stuff, or actively trying to preach for diversity, or do things like that," Pardo said.