Game company Blizzard has recently announced that its company President J. Allen Brack has announced his departure from his position.
After less than two weeks since the filing of the recent lawsuit against Activision Blizzard due to sexual harassment and discrimination within the company, Brack has decided to leave to “pursue new opportunities, according to a separate announcement on Activision’s investor relations page.
Blizzard will now be co-lead by two individuals: Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra. The former joined the game company last January 2021 as executive vice president of development. She has provided senior development leadership and support to the Diablo and Overwatch franchises. She has also been the former head of Vicarious Visions. The latter joined the company two years ago as the executive vice president and general manager of platform and technology.
We want to let you know about an important leadership change at Blizzard Entertainment.
Starting today, J. Allen Brack will be stepping down as the leader of the studio, and Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will co-lead Blizzard moving forward.
Jen joined Blizzard in January as executive vice president of development, where she’s been providing senior development leadership and support to the Diablo and Overwatch franchises. Jen is the former head of Vicarious Visions (which is now part of Blizzard Entertainment).
After many years at XBOX, Mike joined the company in 2019 as the executive vice president and general manager of platform and technology, where he’s been overseeing the evolution of Battle.net and our development services organization.
Jen and Mike have more than three decades of gaming industry experience between them. Moving forward, they will share responsibilities over game development and company operations.
Both leaders are deeply committed to all of our employees; to the work ahead to ensure Blizzard is the safest, most welcoming workplace possible for women, and people of any gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or background; to upholding and reinforcing our values; and to rebuilding your trust. With their many years of industry experience and deep commitment to integrity and inclusivity, Jen and Mike will lead Blizzard with care, compassion, and a dedication to excellence. You’ll hear more from Jen and Mike soon.
Brack also shared a personal statement as well:
I am confident that Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will provide the leadership Blizzard needs to realize its full potential and will accelerate the pace of change. I anticipate they will do so with passion and enthusiasm and that they can be trusted to lead with the highest levels of integrity and commitment to the components of our culture that make Blizzard so special.
As Blizzard President J. Allen Brack (now former) leaves the game company, what will happen moving forward? Hopefully, some things should have changed for the better.