In an unexpected turn of events, current (now former) co-leader of Blizzard Jen Oneal will be stepping down immediately from her position and will be leaving Activision-Blizzard as a whole by the end of this year in a statement she made.
As a quick refresher, back in July the DFEH sued Activision-Blizzard for their ‘frat boy’ culture, this led to many firings and in August, CEO J. Allen Brack was among them. To replace Brack, Activision-Blizzard hired Mike Ybarra (formerly of Xbox) and Jen Oneal (former VP of Vicarious Visions) to co-lead the studio. So, it is surprising to see that in only 3 months, Jen Oneal is stepping down as co-lead of Blizzard and Mike Ybarra will be the sole lead of the studio. In the statement she made, Jen said “I want you to hear from me personally that I have made the decision to step away from co-leading Blizzard Entertainment and will transition to a new position before departing ABK at the end of the year.”
Jen does not state any reason as to why she is making this decision, so we are only to speculate about the goings on within the company right now. Her news comes in wake of the delays to Activision-Blizzard next anticipated titles Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV.