Sunday, September 19th, 2021

Blizzard President J. Allen Brack will leave the company


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July 21, Bloomberg Law Report Activision Blizzard-Diablo, Overwatch and the multi-billion dollar company behind World of Warcraft -Is the subject of a lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, involving extensive reports of the company’s “fraternity boy culture” and sexual harassment and discrimination.

Less than two weeks later, Blizzard President J. Allen Brack, Who is specifically named in the lawsuit, Has announced his retirement, effective immediately.

Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will succeed him as Blizzard’s co-leaders.

Oneal was previously the head of Vicarious Visions, which was incorporated into Blizzard earlier this year; as part of this move, Oneal was promoted to executive vice president of development at Blizzard. Ybarra was previously the corporate vice president of Xbox Live and Game Pass, and was transferred to Blizzard in 2019 to become their executive vice president and general manager of platform and technology.

Blizzard issued a statement on their website, Directly talked about their future values:

“Both leaders are deeply committed to all our employees; committed to ensuring that Blizzard is the safest and most welcoming workplace for women and people of any gender, race, sexual orientation or background; maintaining and strengthening us Values; and rebuild your trust.

With years of industry experience and a strong commitment to integrity and inclusiveness, Jen and Mike will lead Blizzard with care, compassion, and dedication to excellence. You will hear more from Jen and Mike soon. “

Braque also issued his own statement:

I believe that Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will provide the leadership that Blizzard needs to realize its full potential and will accelerate the pace of change. I expect them to do so with enthusiasm and enthusiasm, and can trust them to lead us with the highest level of integrity and commitment to make Blizzard such a special part of our culture. “

exist Activision Blizzard’s independent investor website, They stated that Brack left the company to “seeking new opportunities,” and the focus was on appointing two new executives, not Brack’s departure.

One week after J. Allen Brack left Blizzard, more than 2,000 Activision Blizzard employees signed a petition to criticize The company’s response For the most recent state lawsuit, According to CNN. Activision CEO Bobby Kotic Make a statement in return, Said the company’s initial response was “deaf”, but The employee responded again By pointing out that Kotick’s statement failed to “solve the core issues of employee concern” and staged Mass strike on July 28.

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