Activision Blizzard has sacked several long-serving developers. As reported by Kotaku, Diablo 4's game director Luis Barriga was the biggest name to leave, alongside Diablo 4's lead designer Jesse McCree, and World of Warcraft designer Jonathan LeCraft.
Joining former Blizzard president J. Allen Brack, Human Resources head Jesse Meschuk and World of Warcraft developer Alex Afrasiabi, these departures were announced internally yesterday. That follows on from two recent lawsuits by the Californian State and investors, following allegations of widespread sexual harassment.
Diablo 4's Game Director Sacked From Blizzard, Alongside Two High-Profile Developers
Speaking to Kotaku after the initial news publication, Activision Blizzard issued this statement:
We can confirm Luis Barriga, Jesse McCree, and Jonathan LeCraft are no longer with the company. We have a deep, talented roster of developers already in place and new leaders have been assigned where appropriate. We are confident in our ability to continue progress, deliver amazing experiences to our players, and move forward to ensure a safe, productive work environment for all.
Since the initial reports surfaced several weeks ago, Activision Blizzard's come under enormous pressure to take action. One shareholder, SOC Investment Group, has issued a damning letter over the company's discrimination and harassment response, while sponsors began dropping out of Overwatch League.