Blizzard co-lead Jen Oneal is stepping down from the place and resigning from the corporate after simply three months within the position. Her fellow co-lead, Mike Ybarra, will take over full management obligations for Blizzard Leisure.
Oneal and Ybarra stepped up as Blizzard co-leads in August, after former Blizzard president J. Allen Brack stepped down and left the corporate following his being named within the California lawsuit towards Activision Blizzard and its alleged abusive and discriminatory office tradition. Brack’s resignation was made recognized simply previous to Activision Blizzard’s final funding name, with Oneal’s departure coming one quarter later as a part of right now’s investor name.
Oneal’s resignation sees her entering into one other place at Blizzard quickly, earlier than leaving the corporate fully on the finish of the 12 months. She’s going to not co-lead with Ybarra efficient instantly. Activision Blizzard has pledged to donate $1 million to the non-profit Ladies in Video games Worldwide, which is the place Oneal is headed when her tenure at Blizzard ends. She can be already a board member of WIGI.
The Washington Submit experiences that workers at Blizzard are skeptical of the transfer, which some name “suspicious” because it comes simply three months after Oneal stepped into the position. One other stated it’s “a very dangerous signal for the state of issues,” given Oneal and Ybarra’s current hirings.
Earlier than taking on as Blizzard co-lead, Oneal was beforehand the studio head at Vicarious Visions, or somewhat, the Blizzard help studio previously often known as Vicarious Visions. VV lately misplaced its title after being folded into Blizzard earlier this 12 months.
Oneal’s full assertion says she is making the transfer as a result of she is longing for Blizzard. “I’m impressed by the eagerness of everybody right here, working in the direction of significant, lasting change with their entire hearts,” Oneal stated in her electronic mail to the corporate saying her resignation. “This vitality has impressed me to step out and discover how I can do extra to have video games and variety intersect, and hopefully make a broader business affect that may profit Blizzard (and different studios) as properly. Whereas I’m not completely certain what type that may take, I’m excited to embark on a brand new journey to seek out out.”
In the present day’s Activision Blizzard monetary name additionally revealed delays for Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV, which aren’t anticipated till 2023 on the earliest now. It’s not but clear how yet one more management shakeup on the studio will affect these video games which might be already pushed out due to different current administration modifications on their respective groups.