Ex-Blizzard Employee Claims He Left Because of ‘Racial Discrimination, Abuse’

A former Blizzard Entertainment employee has revealed that he quit the company after claiming that he was the target of racial abuse and discrimination.

Julian Murillo-Cuellar posted an in-depth statement on TwitLonger‏ (via Twitter), explaining how he suffered from suicidal thoughts and that his health “would never recover during my time at Blizzard.”

Editor’s note: the statement includes comments that some people might find distressing, so reader discretion is advised.

“During December 2017, I reached out to the [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission], hoping to get a resolution should Blizzard fail, and that’s when I realized of the statute of limitations regarding my racial discrimination and abuse,” he explained.

“I didn’t have much to go by and my case would be dismissed…

“It was this December I figured it was time to end my life. My Mrs. had plans to visit her ailing grandmother in Mexicali and I would be left alone during the holidays. I was going to kill myself December 24, 2017. I had measured the rope — I needed several loops around the pillar on the outside of my third-floor apartment to account for weight — and the pillar I would use to support my frame.

“I think my Mrs. sensed when she was leaving that this would be goodbye, she wouldn’t come to see a dead body, since I would be in plain view of my apartments because I couldn’t do that to her… I couldn’t have her find my body. So, I was going to do it alone with my girls (Idonis and Ili, my cats), and say farewell. Bri stayed and I stayed because she was there for me.

“I would not return from this leave of absence, and on February 2018 I handed my resignation after being placed on a new unpaid leave of absence while they ‘found me a home.’ Nothing was done during my initial leave and I was left to the wind.”


Murillo-Cuellar, who was a temporary assignment for the Hearthstone eSports team in 2016, suggested that problems gradually became worse when he was hired as a full-time employee.

“I worked tirelessly on the eSports program, growing the [Hearthstone Championship] Tour by 3x — 400+ weekly cups — and at the end of the year the program would’ve hosted 1,300+ weekly cups dispensing thousands of points to HCT hopefuls… my time interacting with the Hearthstone community would be the highlight of my tenure,” he said.

“It wasn’t uncommon for me to stay into the early hours of the morning — 2-3:00 A.M. — to get points done since we were always late… we always ran tournaments to the last hour and it was very manual work.

“During the months of February-April things went well, but working the hours and making QA pay — far lower than what I would later [make] — made it so that it took its toll. I kept powering through.

“Finally, I would get my chance to join the team, as I applied to the Hearthstone eSports team for the full-time position and after interviewing all the candidates, Drew and Trevor happy with my work, I would stay full-time.

“When I was hired full-time that’s when the mood in my team changed… we were no longer a unit […].”

Hardcore Gamer has contacted the World of Warcraft and Diablo III developer for comment and will update this story should we hear back.