03 Aug 2021 1:43 PM +00:00

Blizzard President J. Allen Brack Is Leaving The Company

J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment, is stepping away from the company.

The company's new leadership team is formed of Jen Oneal, formerly executive vice president of development, and Mike Ybarra, former executive vice president and general manager of platform and technology.

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Blizzard President J. Allen Brack Is Leaving The Company

The news of Brack's departure comes following a tumultuous fortnight for the storied developer, with the State of California filing a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for its reported "frat boy" culture within the workplace.

Blizzard's statement says:

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 issued a statement on his departure.

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.

In the last few weeks, a video of a female fan's question to a Blizzcon panel including Brack has resurfaced, showing the panel laughing at her question about female character design.

Activision's investor relations page has noted that Brack is leaving to pursue new opportunities. The company's Q2 earnings call is expected later tonight.

The ongoing investigation into reports of harassment at Activision Blizzard has led to employees going on strike. This was followed by an email from controversial CEO Bobby Kotick.