Following Activision Blizzard being sued over a culture of harassment and discrimination, company president J. Allen Brack has stepped down from the position. To assume the role, former Xbox corporate vice president Mike Ybarra and former Vicarious Visions studio head Jen Oneal will take over at Blizzard Entertainment.
The news was delivered by Blizzard today, confirming Brack's departure from the company effective immediately. Ybarra, who worked at Microsoft for almost 20 years running various departments such as Xbox Live, Game Pass, and even Mixer, is joined by Oneal, who worked at Vicarious Visions for 17 years before climbing to the role of studio head.
Ybarra was also part of the Activision Blizzard walkout last week:
Blizzard has claimed "both leaders are deeply committed to all of [their] employees", following the news surrounding the company in recent weeks. The company added that there is "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".
Brack also made a brief statement on the matter, claiming both Ybarra and Oneal will "provide the leadership Blizzard needs to realise its full potential".
"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."
You can read the full "new leadership" statement from Blizzard over at the company's official website.