Blizzard president leaves for gender discrimination and harassment lawsuit against company


Blizzard’s leadership evolves as

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Video game company Activision Blizzard has been rocked by California state sexual harassment lawsuit in recent weeks, and on Tuesday announced the resignation of the president of the Blizzard subsidiary. J. Allen Brack is leaving “to pursue new opportunities,” he said in a statement.

Former Vicarious Visions executive Jen Oneal and former Xbox executive Mike Ybarra will take over to co-lead the World of warcraft developer. Oneal provided leadership and support to Diablo and Monitoring, while Ybarra was responsible for the game launcher.

“I am confident that Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will provide the leadership Blizzard needs to realize its full potential and accelerate the pace of change,” Brack said in a statement. “I anticipate that they will do so with passion and enthusiasm and can be trusted to lead with the highest levels of integrity and commitment to the parts of our culture that make Blizzard so special.”

In July, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a complaint alleging that Activision Blizzard was “breeding ground for harassment and discrimination.” CEO Bobby Kotick vowed to change company culture and employees organized a walkout Last week.

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