He's leaving to "pursue new opportunities."
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Blizzard president J. Allen Brack has officially stepped down just a couple of weeks after he was named and shamed as part of a larger Activision Blizzard lawsuit. The lawsuit specifically named Brack as one of the numerous people involved in the widespread sexual harassment and discrimination happening within the company.

Official confirmation of Brack's departure came via the Blizzard website. The statement notes that Brack will now be replaced by "co-leaders" Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra. Oneal joined Blizzard back in January of 2021 after being the previous leader of Vicarious Visions. Ybarra joined Blizzard in 2019 after leaving Xbox.

It has been a hell of a couple of weeks for Activision Blizzard. It began with a lawsuit filed by the state of California following a two year investigation by the state into reports of sexual harassment and discrimination within the company. This led to thousands of employees signing an open letter denouncing the actions and the lackluster response from Activision Blizzard higher-ups. It also led to a mass employee walkout and personal stories from all over social media from people who have suffered from harassment or been privy to it at the company, including stories about the infamous Cosby Suite.

Activision Blizzard management have continued to take the worst steps possible in handling the situation. The company has since hired a law firm that is widely known for being "union busters," employing a number of tactics to try to prevent employees from unionizing. Activision Blizzard CCO and known torture apologist, Fran Townsend, proceeded to block employees on Twitter after they called her out for tweeting in support of an article talking about "the problem with whistleblowing" mere days after the lawsuit against her company was filed.

J. Allen Brack was mentioned in the lawsuit as having given just "a slap on the wrist" to former creative director Alex Afrasiabi despite numerous complains about Afrasiabi's constant sexual harassment. Brack was made president of Blizzard back in 2018 after having led the World of Warcraft team. Brack did provide a statement following the announcement of his departure today.

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.”
We also learned that a human resources executive, Jesse Meschuk, also parted ways from Activision Blizzard this week. Meschuk was reportedly the senior people officer at Blizzard and the company's top HR representative.