Oneal's Departure Hits Blizzard Morale: Report

PC Gamer attempts to gauge the outlook at Blizzard Entertainment following yesterday's news that Jen Oneal is stepping down from her post as Blizzard co-lead. Unsurprisingly, morale took a hit based on the news, offsetting some of the positivity prompted by word last week that the company is ending its policy of forced arbitration for sexual harassment and discrimination claims. Here's a bit of the takeaway from discussions with unnamed sources within the company:
However, the news that Oneal is stepping down as Blizzard co-leader just three months after taking the role has "killed" any morale boost from last week's concessions, according to that employee. Oneal and Mike Ybarra replaced former Blizzard boss J Allen Brack, who exited in August in the aftermath of the California lawsuit. With Oneal's resignation, Ybarra is now Blizzard's sole leader.

For some, Oneal's leadership was one of the best reasons they had to believe in a better future for Blizzard. They're now left wondering why Oneal would choose to leave so quickly, leading to speculation that something isn't being said.
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Nov 3, 2021, 12:29
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VaranDragon wrote on Nov 3, 2021, 10:45:
Xero wrote on Nov 3, 2021, 10:40:
VaranDragon wrote on Nov 3, 2021, 10:32:
MrBone wrote on Nov 3, 2021, 10:22:
Surprised it took this long for her to blow town. Blizzard is done and all that's left is putting up the tombstone.

Yeah, because sex scandals and bad HR management has brought down Billion dollar companies before. I'm sure that all the millions of idiotic manchildren will all refuse to buy Diablo4 and Overwatch 2 as a result of this. /s

Yeah sucks. I hate to support a terrible company but I want Diablo 4! lol. What to do? Perhaps I can pray that it sucks and gets terrible reviews. Then save myself from having to give Blizzard another dollar. On that note however, I am part of the problem. I did purchase Diablo 2 Resurrected and have been having a blast with it. Perhaps I can just say, I'm supporting the memory of Blizzard North?

I wouldn't worry too much about it. At least you're not being a hypocrite about it. I'm having fun with D2Resurrected too. It's a blast. No wonder people were having some high hopes for Blizz, since from what I've read both Oneal and others from Vicarious visions were tapped for some leadership roles at Blizzard. In any case, we are all fooling ourselves into thinking we know even 5% of what is going on over there, of the real reasons for any of these people are leaving. For all we know, she left for purely selfish reasons too. Speculating about all of this is fun maybe for like 5 seconds, but if you think about it, no one really gives a shit. Not really.

Let's give every company we buy from a thorough background check from now on... Right? 🤹🏻 What a circus. Few nerds in power were exploitative idiots. Fix it and get over it. I'm still not past worrying about child trafficking/pornography to give a single shit about Blizzard. Just give me Diablo 4 already!
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