*Update* Blizzard’s head of HR, Jesse Meschuk, has also left the company. He has not released a statement yet. Jesse has been mentioned in the recent filing for his lack of response to allegations.
Blizzard president J. Allen Brack announced his departure from the company today. Brack leaves two weeks after the State of California filed a lawsuit against the company for sexual harassment and gender discrimination. He is a big name in the company and has been in the folds for over a decade. Brack is named in the suit for not punishing offenders severely enough. He will be replaced by Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra in the interim. Blizzard has released a statement announcing J. Allen’s departure.
To all members of the Blizzard Community,
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.
J. Allan Brack also released a short statement:
“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.”
J. Allen Brack
Finally, thank you all for being a part of the Blizzard community, and for your passion and determination for safety and equality for all.
There are still many more involved in creating the “frat culture” and Blizzard, but Brack leaving was a good start. Blizzard could help redeem themselves and set a standard by removing all responsible execs.