Blizzard Entertainment President Resigns after Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

J. Alan Brack stepped down as president of Activision Blizzard on Tuesday, two weeks after filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against the video game giant.

In the field of esports, a subsidiary of Blizzard Entertainment founded and produced the Overwatch League.

Activision Blizzard promoted Executive Vice Presidents Jen Oneil and Mike Ibara and said they would “lead Blizzard forward” in a statement Tuesday.

“I believe Jen Oneil and Mike Ibara will lead where Blizzard must reach its full potential and accelerate the pace of change,” Brack said in a statement. “I think they will do this with passion and enthusiasm and you can count on them to lead with the highest integrity and dedication to the component of our culture that makes Blizzard so special.”

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing v Activision Blizzard, whom Brack named by name, claims that the company allows a “brother” culture in the workplace. In addition, a letter to senior management signed by nearly 1,000 employees and former employees condemned the company’s culture and said, “Our values   as employees are not accurately reflected in the words and actions of our management.”

“Both managers feel very committed to all of our employees; for future work to ensure that Blizzard is the safest and most welcoming place to work for women and people of all genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations or backgrounds; uphold and affirm our values; and restore your confidence,” said a statement from Activision Blizzard.

In the case, it is alleged that male employees of the company attended a cube crawl event where they got drunk and harassed female employees. An employee allegedly died by suicide under pressure from a boss with whom he had sexual relations while on a business trip.

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