J. Allen Brack will leave the company after filing a harassment and discrimination lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. Two weeks ago, the California Department of Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against the company, accusing it of promoting a “little boy” culture, sexual harassment, and discrimination.
he was gone I mentioned earlier today by Bloomberg. In a letter shared by Daniel Allegri, president of Activision Blizzard, the company announced that Brack is “leaving the company to pursue new opportunities.” After the report, Blizzard confirmed the news with a Community blog post. He will be replaced by two co-leaders: Mike Ybarra and Jane O’Neill. Ybarra was a Blizzard employee for two years after working at Xbox. Oneal was the former president of Vicarious Visions, and has been with Blizzard since January. Brack has been at Blizzard for nearly 16 years, starting as a senior producer after leaving Sony Online Entertainment.
“Both leaders are deeply committed to all of our employees. To future work to ensure that Blizzard is the safest and most welcoming workplace for women and people of any gender, race, sexual orientation, or background; to support and reinforce our values; and to rebuild your trust,” Blizzard’s statement reads. Strong about Barak’s departure. “With their many years of industry experience and a deep commitment to integrity and inclusivity, Jen and Mike Blizzard will lead with care, compassion, and dedication to excellence. You’ll hear more from Jen and Mike soon.”
two long weeks
The announcement of J. Allen Brack’s departure from Activision Blizzard comes after two weeks of turmoil. After news of the lawsuit on July 22, the company stumbled through responses contacted by its employees “Abominable and insulting.” CEO of the company, Bobby Kotik I apologize later For the “deaf” initial response, but that didn’t stop the staff from doing so exit regulation The next day on July 28. On the day of checkout, Ubisoft employees Sign a letter of solidarityDemanding change in the entire industry.
Barak’s departure is significant, but it was not unexpected. The former Blizzard boss has now been named in a lawsuit in California, where he was allegedly a co-worker of Alex Afrasiabi, the former creative director of Blizzard. World of Warcraft. The suit alleges that Afrasiabe sexually harassed female employees “in sight of other male employees, including supervisors, who had to intervene and withdraw female employees from him”.
It is uncertain whether Barak’s stepping down clearly indicates the company’s move toward actual progress. Regardless, there is still a mountain for the company to climb. In a final letter to the community, Barak wrote that the new leadership will “accelerate the pace of change.” This is not yet clear.
“I am confident that Jane O’Neill and Mike Ybarra will provide the leadership Blizzard needs to achieve its full potential and accelerate the pace of change,” Brack wrote. “I expect that they will do so with passion and enthusiasm and that they can be trusted to lead with the highest levels of integrity and adherence to the components of our culture that make Blizzard so special.”