Blizzard’s Jen Oneal resigns to join female gaming nonprofit

Activision Blizzard announced on Tuesday that Jen Oneal, who took over Blizzard Entertainment with Mike Ybarra in August, has resigned. Ybarra will continue to serve as Blizzard’s top executive alone, effective immediately.

exist A letter to Blizzard employees and game fans, Oneal says she will take on a new role Non-profit organization Women in Games International (WIGI), the first is the $1 million grant provided by Activision Blizzard to the organization. Oneal said she will leave Activision Blizzard before the end of the year.

After former president J. Allen Brack resigned in early August, Oneal and Ybarra took over Blizzard’s leadership. Before Braque’s resignation, California filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard in late July, accusing him of sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

Prior to this, a large-scale employee demonstration opposed the alleged infiltration of the company, especially Blizzard Entertainment’s toxic “fraternity” workplace, and the apology of Activision CEO Bobby Kotic.

“When I listened to the stories of everyone at Blizzard and was inspired by their courage and conviction, I was always thinking about what I could do as an individual to create the most meaningful potential for change,” Oneal said in the statement. She said that this grant will fund WIGI’s skills development and mentoring programs.

“I didn’t do this because I had no hope for Blizzard, on the contrary,” Oneal said. “I’m inspired by the enthusiasm of everyone here, who are working wholeheartedly to achieve meaningful, lasting change.”

Oneal is already a member of WIGI’s board of directors, which “cultivates and promotes equality and diversity in the global gaming industry,” she said. Oneal added that her new role is not yet fully understood, but she will “explore how to intersect gameplay and diversity.”

Oneal was the head of the studio at Vicarious Visions, which merged into Blizzard in January. After the announcement, she became the executive vice president of development at Blizzard. Vicarious Visions, based in Albany, New York, was transferred to support Blizzard’s development; Activision has owned it since 2005 (Activision and Blizzard merged in 2008). Last week, Vicarious Visions employees were told that the studio would lose its name, which dates back to 1991 and was fully merged with Blizzard, and will be renamed as one of Blizzard’s satellite studios.

Also on Thursday, Activision Blizzard’s executive leadership told investors that Blizzard’s development Overwatch 2 with Diablo 4 It is delayed. Neither game has announced a release date or window, and investors have not been told what the new delivery schedule will be.

The company said: “These are the two most anticipated games in the industry, and our team has made great progress in recent quarters.” “But we believe that we will give the team some extra time to complete the production, and after the release Continuing to increase their creative resources to support the game will ensure that these versions will make their community happy and involved for many years to come.”