Former Blizzard CEO J Allen Brack was fired in August. It was then that Mike Ybarra and Jen Oneal jointly took over the management of the company to start a new era. Interestingly, Jen O'Neill was Blizzard's first female CEO.
Just three months after Jn O'Neill was appointed Blizzard CEO, she has now announced that she is stepping down. Will leave Blizzard at the end of the year.
Jen O'Neill said in a statement: "Inspired, I thought about the potential for work that I can do as an individual to make the most of change." International (WIGI). Of course, the management of Activision Blizzard also supported his decision and he is going to start his work in this new position with a $ 1 million donation from Activision Blizzard.
He added in the continuation of his statement "I did not do this because I gave up on Blizzard, but quite the opposite. I am inspired by the passion of everyone here, people who strive with all their might for meaningful and lasting change. This energy motivated me to take a step out and discover how I could do more to intersect games and diversity in different areas of the industry, and I hope (by doing so) make a bigger impact in the industry, in a way that benefits Blizzard. (And other studios) as well. "While I'm not quite sure what the fate of this new adventure will be, I'm excited to embark on a new adventure."
O'Neill is currently a member of the WIGI Board of Directors. About this organization, he says, it is an organization that fosters equality and diversity in the global gaming industry. Although his role is not yet clear, as he said in his statement, he seems to want to think about intersecting more games and diversity in the industry.
Before O'Neill led Blizzard Along with Mike Ibra, he was the director of Vicarious Visions Studios and worked on games such as Reconstruction of Tony Hawk and the Crash Benedict trilogy. Of course, Vicarious Visions will change its structure for a while and will only help Blizzard as a backup studio. It has even recently been revealed that the studio will likely be renamed.
- Tony Hawk, the crusher and guitar maker of Hero, joined Blizzard and was destroyed
It's not clear what is really going on in Blizzard these days! Blizzard is going through one of the strangest times of his life. A few months ago, it became clear that during these years, the working environment of this old company was very poisonous and some employees were harassed in various ways. Since then, the dimensions of these events are becoming more and more obvious, and even this has had a great impact on the development of the company's games. It was recently announced that Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 have been delayed until at least 2023.
According to O'Neill's statement, it is clear that there is still a lot of work to be done in Blizzard, which is why he He has made it clear that he intends to pursue something in his new adventure that will improve Blizzard's work environment and culture and other studios.
Source: PC Gamer