Update 6:45 p.m.: Blizzard confirms the departure of the three employees.
What you need to know
- Activision Blizzard is currently facing a lawsuit alleging sexist workplace behavior and more.
- According to Kotaku, three staff have been let go from Activision Blizzard: Diablo 4 game director Luis Barriga, Jesse McCree, and World of Warcraft designer Jonathan LeCraft
- McCree was previously named as part of group taking part in the alleged "Cosby Suite."
Activision Blizzard, publisher of franchises like Call of Duty, Diablo, World of Warcraft and more, is currently facing a lawsuit from the State of California alleging sexist workplace practices, systemic abuse and more. According to a report from Kotaku, Diablo 4 game director Luis Barriga, Blizzard lead level designer Jesse McCree, and World of Warcraft designer Jonathan LeCraft have all been let go from Blizzard Entertainment as of Wednesday.
McCree was reported to be one of the senior Blizzard staff taking part in the alleged "Cosby Suite," with screenshots of comments made by McCree and others in a group chat recently surfacing.
This follows the news that Blizzard president J. Allen Brack was leaving the company, with Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra now co-leading Blizzard Entertainment. During Activision Blizzard's recent Q2 earnings call, CEO Bobby Kotick said the company is committed to change, emphasizing that any managers or leaders that "impeded the integrity of our processes" would be let go. Activision Blizzard employees note that their demands have not yet been met.
We've reached out to Activision Blizzard for comment on the reported firings and will provide an update if we hear back.
During its Q2 earnings, Activision Blizzard also stated that development on Diablo 4 was proceeding, with the team working on providing additional content for increased engagement, though the game still has no release window.
Update: Blizzard confirms departure of three senior staff
A spokesperson from Blizzard confirmed to Windows Central that Barriga, McCree, and LeCraft are no longer employed with the company and "new leaders have been assigned." The full statement is below:
What will happen to this game developments ?
It could honestly go either way. They may be replaced by someone who really knows Diablo or someone who has no idea and tries to put their own spin on it. But I'd be guessing it will go to crap.
Luckily I don't really care about anything Blizzard makes. Diablo games are fun but everything they do is so derivative. I wouldn't miss Blizzard disappearing as a company.
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