Overwatch 2 Executive Producer Leaves Blizzard Entertainment
The past few months have proven to be quite tumultuous at Activision Blizzard, and rightfully so. Given their systemically fostered toxic workplace environment, repercussions were inevitable for the company, starting with the State of California’s lawsuit against the company. Blizzard Entertainment, being very specifically responsible for a lot of the allegations, they have been hit especially hard within the company. Several key figures at Blizzard have left, with President J. Allen Brack being perhaps the most notable. Now, it has been reported that the Overwatch 2 executive producer has left Blizzard Entertainment ahead of the game’s launch.
Bloomberg has reported on the recent departure of Overwatch 2 executive producer Chacko Sonny from Blizzard Entertainment. According to sources close to Blizzard, Sonny informed staff of his departure this upcoming Friday, with an Activision Blizzard spokesperson confirming this with Bloomberg. No specific reason is given for Sonny’s departure, or whether or not it has anything to do with the recent allegations and lawsuits. It is certainly at least a strong coincidence for this to happen so close to the departure of key Blizzard figures like President Brack. Various emails and intel from Blizzard employees suggest that they had not heard of any misbehavior conducted by Sonny, with Blizzard co-leaders Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra describing him as “a thoughtful leader.”
Overwatch 2 has been in development for a while now, with some delays having hit the game since the COVID-19 pandemic started and created complications in development. While this departure of the Overwatch 2 executive producer may have some impact, Blizzard is suggesting that the game “is in the final stages of production”, which would imply that Sonny’s absence should not delay the game further. That said, Overwatch 2’s current release window is 2022, with no specific month or day given, so it could release late in the year if needed. Whatever happens before then, there certainly are a lot of changes happening at Activision Blizzard, and hopefully that change is for the better of the company and its employees.
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