Tough days await Activision Blizzard! Things were stirred up last week after a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. When the statements from Blizzard executives were not enough, hundreds of employees decided to boycott the company.
Blizzard executive J. Allen Brack, who was at the heart of these discussions, was officially dismissed. Brack, who has been the director of the studio for three years, has been working for Blizzard for 15 years. The management of the studio was left to the duo of Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra. Here is Blizzard’s official statement:
Although Oneal only joined the brand last January, it has accomplished great things. The manager, who has a say in important games such as Diablo and Overwatch, was also the manager of Vicarious Visions in the past. Ybarra, who worked for Microsoft for a long time, has been with Blizzard since 2019. Ybarra has been Battle for a while. net played an important role in the development process.
It is also worth noting that the names are “co-leaders”. So the duo will stay in the foreground for now. But on the Activision-Blizzard front, the strings have passed directly to Bobby Kotick.
The repercussions of the case seem to continue for a while.