J. Allen Brack is leaving Activision Blizzard. He will be replaced by Jen Oneal and the former VP of Xbox Live.
J. Allen Brack steps down as Blizzard president after accusations of having concealed cases of sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse in the company. The parent company of this company, Activision Blizzard, was sued by the state of California on July 20 following an investigation of more than 2 years that uncovered dozens of cases such, prompting Blizzard employees to call a strike last week and harshly criticize the company in a letter signed by more than 2,500 workers and former employees.
In a official statement, Activision Blizzard confirms the departure of J. Allen Brack after 16 years linked to the company, who will be replaced not by one person, but by two. Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra to replace Brack as leaders of Blizzard, sharing the responsibilities at the helm of the subsidiary while trying to fix its work culture. “They are both leaders with great character and integrity, and are fully committed to ensuring that our work environment is the more open and inspired to achieve creative excellence, and maintain our high standards of development with games, “said Daniel Alegre, president of Activision Blizzard.
I am confident that Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will bring the leadership Blizzard needsJ. Allen BrackThe first, Jen Oneal, is an 18 year old veteran at Activision Blizzard, Former Director of Vicarious Visions and Executive Vice President of Development at Blizzard. For its part, Mike Ybarra is the former vice president of Xbox and head of Xbox Live, who joined Activision Blizzard in 2019 to serve as executive vice president at this subsidiary. “I am confident that Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will provide the leadership Blizzard needs to reach its full potential and accelerate the pace of change“says J. Allen Brack in his farewell.
“I foresee that they will do it with passion and enthusiasm, and that they can be trusted to lead with the highest levels of integrity and commitment to the elements of our culture that make Blizzard so special. “For now, Activision Blizzard simply states that J. Allen Brack is leaving the company “to pursue new opportunities”, without disclosing their fate. This march comes in the wake of the new wave of harassment cases in the industry, where people like Phil Spencer have stood in solidarity with the victims, and studies like Bungie have been blunt in their rejection of discrimination and abuse.
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