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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Never played Diablows, or Overtwats, or Hemeroidstone. Starcraft was OK fun. WOW was OK fun until it jumped the shark with Warlords of Draenor and every expansion since. I thought I might give Diablows a try recently, looked at videos of that game and also Torchlight I and II. Torchlght looked better and that is what I choose, it was fun, so I have no desire to play something crude in comparison.

To me it has always been the source for the best CGI promotional trailers in the business, but with games that were awful me-too junk: Warcraft (chunky more cartoon-y Myth) and early Starcraft an outright C&C clone.

Their big money makers Overtwats and WOW are teetering on the edge of an obsolescence death spiral.
Given the corporations past actions, anything new, original and fun coming out of that environment is doubtful, so yes, this could be the beginning of the end there.
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