Following the messy fallout of the
over sexual harassment in the workplace,
J. Allen Brack is stepping down from his position as
president of Blizzard Entertainment. Word is Brack is being replaced by Jen
O'Neal and Mike Ybarra, who will co-lead the studio going forward. A
says: "With Jen and Mike assuming their new roles, J.
Allen Brack is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities." The news
focuses on how this will change Blizzard's culture:
We want to
let you know about an important leadership change at Blizzard Entertainment.
Starting today, J. Allen Brack will be stepping down as the leader of the
studio, and Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will co-lead Blizzard moving forward.
Jen joined Blizzard in January as executive vice president of development, where
she’s been providing senior development leadership and support to the Diablo and
Overwatch franchises. Jen is the former head of Vicarious Visions (which is now
part of Blizzard Entertainment).
After many years at XBOX, Mike joined the company in 2019 as the executive vice
president and general manager of platform and technology, where he’s been
overseeing the evolution of Battle.net and our development services
Jen and Mike have more than three decades of gaming industry experience between
them. Moving forward, they will share responsibilities over game development and
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.
The following is a message from J. Allen Brack:
“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.”
Finally, thank you all for being a part of the Blizzard community, and for your
passion and determination for safety and equality for all.