New Leadership at Blizzard
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
To all members of the Blizzard Community,

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 organization.

Jen and Mike have more than three decades of gaming industry experience between them. Moving forward, they will share responsibilities over game development and company operations.

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.
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  1. apelsinjuice's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sam86 View Post
    don't care because since everyone has memory of goldfish, activision controls everything, it is literally why bungie got fed and left since activision doesn't understand anything but master and slaves relations
    and destiny 2 got even worse after they left activision with way shorter expansions/less content, way more grind and way less seasonal content and way more stuff in the mtx shop, the guys at bungie even said themselfs without the support of activision they will never be able to make another expansion as large as forsaken, which was the best one by far
  1. Othraerir's Avatar
    won't make any difference
  1. Soon-TM's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nimin View Post
    Only one: quote where it was said that a woman can't be a leader.

    I'll be waiting. You strawmanner.
    Just look at all the posts ITT calling Oneal a "diversity pick", "token hire" or stuff like that, or implying it.

    ... My bad, I forgot that alt righters are functionally illiterate more often than not, so there is no point in telling them to actually read stuff.
  1. Army Dreamer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Disxx View Post
    It's cool that Mike has the experience and loves WoW as a gamer. But from this, I am looking forward to Jen Oneal's leadership. Reading about her, it's pretty clear that she knows how to talk with execs and knows how to present needs for additional finances to make a good product. Let's see how this will end, but it does look promising.
    Sure, no one can blame her in harassing the women. Smart move Blizz.
  1. Eggroll's Avatar
    Personally I find the new leaders look promising, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

    I have to admit I cheered when they dismantled the internal Blizzard reforged team and replaced it with Jen's team. Blizzard by itself has been dysfunctional for a very long time and Activision was probably done watching Blizzard turning cashcow IP's into shitfests.
  1. panda040's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mokrath View Post
    But was a studio head of a recently acquired studio for quite some time and was brought on as a VP of Blizzard after they acquired the studio.
    She was one step below JAB essentially. He was president, she was a VP along with Mike. If anything, the fact that they only made her co-whatever proves it wasn't just a diversity hire to placate the masses. It actually sends the opposite message, a woman can't handle the job on her own.
    I'm sorry does she have all Mythic 20 keys completed?
  1. Eggroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mokrath View Post
    But was a studio head of a recently acquired studio for quite some time and was brought on as a VP of Blizzard after they acquired the studio.
    She was one step below JAB essentially. He was president, she was a VP along with Mike. If anything, the fact that they only made her co-whatever proves it wasn't just a diversity hire to placate the masses. It actually sends the opposite message, a woman can't handle the job on her own.
    I think it's more of a checks and balances decision. That and bringing different perspectives to the leadership table that complement each other. Sounds healthy to me.
  1. panda040's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sensa1 View Post
    it's not a coincidence at all...they promoted 2 people with extensive gaming experience but little Blizzard experience because you can bet your last dollar that almost everyone in the current leadership structure that had a long work history with Blizzard was tainted as a result of the investigation from either being part of the problem or looking the other way and not having the courage to stand up for their co-workers...there is virtually no one in the current leadership that would have real credibility thus the need to look to talented people that were not part of the "culture" that produced the problem
    The only credibility Oneal has is being head of a small studio that remade tony hawk and crash bandicoot, literally nothing else worth noting. At least the other guy seems to actually play wow

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