The former president of Blizzard, J. Allen Brack, resigned in August and was then replaced by Mike Ybarra and Jen Oneal. Brack decided to leave as a result of a lawsuit filed by the California Department of Employment and Housing, following allegations of widespread discrimination and sexual harassment within the company.
Oneal took over as a co-director of the studio, marking the first time that Blizzard was under the direction of a woman. However, only three months later, she officially announced that she would leave Blizzard s direction at the end of the year.
From now on, Mike Ybarra will lead Blizzard, Tyeal said in his statement. I want you personally to tell me that I made the decision to withdraw from the codirection of Blizzard Entertainment and that I will move to a new position before leaving ABK at the end of the year.
I am a sad moment for many of us at Abk, who were delighted to live a new experience with a woman of color at the head of our company. The ABK Alliance wrote on social networks. We wish Jen s good luck in his future projects.
Despite what the players community might think, Oneal does not leave Blizzard s leadership with a bitter taste in the mouth. I do not do it because I m hopeless for Blizzard, on the contrary, she said. I am inspired by everyone s passion here, working with all his heart towards a significant and sustainable change.
Apparently, the energy of the people of Blizzard that she had observed during her three-month mandate as a co-director inspired to venture. This energy inspired me to go out and explore how I can do more so that games and diversity intersect and hopefully, have a broader impact on the industry that will also benefit Blizzard, she added. Bien that I do not be totally sure of the form that it will take, I am delighted to embark on a new trip to discover.
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