Oneal says she has been inspired by the passion and attempts at change at the company in recent months and is using that as motivation to step back and see what she can do for the gaming industry as a whole.
Mike Ybarra will take over as the sole leader of Blizzard from today, although Jen will be helping the transition over the remaining months of 2021, before transitioning into a new role.
Activision Blizzard has been working with Jen during the decision process and has made a $1 million grant to Women in Games International, in which Jen will work closely with both parties to use this money to create skill-building and mentorship programs for the industry.
Blizzard Co-Lead Jen Oneal Steps Down To Focus On Improving The Games Industry As A Whole
"I wanted to tell the Blizzard community this personally because I want you to know I believe so strongly in Mike and the rest of Blizzard’s leadership both in terms of Blizzard’s culture and Blizzard’s games. Blizzard’s best days are ahead. I truly believe that. I also am hoping this letter helps you to think about what you can do to make everyone around you--no matter their gender, race, or identity--feel welcome, comfortable, and free to be themselves." Jen Oneal says in her letter to the Activision Blizzard community.
This announcement comes on the same day as the Activision Blizzard Q3 earnings call where it was announced that Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 have been affected by recent leadership changes at Blizzard and are said to be delayed because of it.