Blizzard has misplaced considered one of Overwatch’s leaders in Chacko Sonny, who served as government producer on the franchise together with a management position in Overwatch 2. The departure comes in the course of a sequence of lawsuits in opposition to Activision Blizzard relating to civil rights and equal pay, together with allegations it fostered a toxic workplace culture rife with sexual harassment and discrimination. 

Bloomberg reviews that Sonny knowledgeable the workforce of his departure final week, and his final day is Friday, September 24. Sonny joined Blizzard in 2016 as a manufacturing director for Overwatch earlier than transferring as much as an government position two years later, in keeping with his LinkedIn profile. 

A Blizzard consultant talking to Polygon doesn’t point out the lawsuits, telling the outlet that Sonny is leaving to “take some time off after 5 years of service.” Blizzard staff that spoke to Bloomberg additionally stated they weren’t conscious of any allegations in opposition to Sonny and that he was well-liked general. So far as we are able to inform, for now, Sonny is not in the identical bother as other leaders who have been implicated within the lawsuits. Regardless of the rationale for his resignation, it’s one other high-profile exit after Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan departed the company in April. 

Regardless of seemingly elevating one other crimson flag for Overwatch 2’s growth, Blizzard advised Polygon that the sport is in its last levels of manufacturing and that the workforce is making “excellent progress” general. Overwatch 2 has no launch window however is predicted to launch in 2022. 

Sonny’s departure is one other shake-up in what’s been a rocky couple of months for Activision Blizzard. Their troubles solely worsened this week with the Securities and Alternate Fee, a federal company, launching its own investigation into the corporate. Amongst different issues, the SEC needs paperwork and different communications relating to the company’s dealing with of the various worker allegations levied in opposition to it, with Activision CEO Bobby Kotick and different prime executives being subpoenaed. Activision has said that it’s cooperating with the SEC’s investigation.

[Sources: Bloomberg, Polygon]


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