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Activision Blizzard announced today that Jen Oneal is stepping down from her role as Blizzard co-manager, which she started in August alongside Mike Ybarra.
Ybarra will then become the sole leader of Blizzard. He and Oneal stepped in after J. Allen Brack’s resignation as Blizzard president, which came after the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued Activision Blizzard for gender discrimination in the workplace.
Oneal was the leader of Vicarious Visions, which Activision absorbed into Blizzard earlier this year. She has been with Activision for more than 20 years. Oneal is leaving Activision Blizzard to focus on bringing more diversity to the gaming industry. Activision is raising a $ 1 million grant for Women in Games International in her honor. Oneal is a board member of the organization.
“I do not do this because I have no hope for Blizzard, on the contrary – I am inspired by the passion of everyone here who works towards meaningful, lasting change of their whole hearts,” Oneal notes in his farewell letter. “This energy has inspired me to step out and explore how I can do more to make games and diversity intersect, and hopefully have a broader industrial impact that will also benefit Blizzard (and other studies). Although I do not am absolutely sure what form it will take, I am excited to take on a new journey to find out. ”
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Before leaving Activision Blizzard at the end of the year, Oneal will transfer its responsibilities to Ybarra and work in a new role that will determine the use of the grant.
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick commented on Oneal’s departure in an interview with GamesBeats Dean Takahashi: “” I had a lot of confidence in, and still have, Jens’s ability to lead. I think she really wants to go and transform the industry. Her mission in life is to make amazing games and transform the industry so that games, as more women enter the workforce, are more inviting and welcoming to women. It will be a great opportunity for us to work with her as she leads the prosecution. ”
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