Blizzard head outlines what ‘we are doing to rebuild your trust in Blizzard’

Earlier this week Microsoft announced it intended to acquire Activision Blizzard for an eye-watering $68.7 billion. This is the largest deal in gaming history and the ramifications of it will be felt for years to come, but some of the immediate questions are about a series of harassment lawsuits faced by the company, and ongoing allegations about Blizzard’s workplace culture and treatment of female employees.

Former Blizzard president J Allen Brack stepped down in August 2021 in the wake of a lawsuit filed by California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleging widespread discrimination and sexual harassment at the company. He was replaced by Mike Ybarra and Jen Oneal, who took over as co-heads of the studio, marking the first time that Blizzard had been led by a woman.