With the ongoing turmoil at Activation Blizzard, the president of the company for 3 years, J. Allen Brack has resigned from the position. The news comes mere hours before Activision Blizzard’s Q2 2021 financial investor call and is no doubt influenced by the discrimination allegations against the company.
On July 20, 2021, the state of California files a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for harboring a toxic workplace and with preference given to a particular sex and discrimination against the female workers. The lawsuit is still in court, but a lot has unfolded since, within the company and outside. On the 28th of July, 2021 the employees of the company staged a walkout protesting and confirming the allegations against the company.
According to a press release on the Investor Activation website, J. Allen Brack is leaving the company to pursue better opportunities.
While the lawsuit is against the company, it does include the behavior and unacceptable treatment of the offenders by Brack. Alex Afrasiabi, the accused of repeated sexual misconduct and the ex-creative director of the company was merely given a slap on the wrist when the issue was brought to the now ex-president J. Allen Brack.
The whole thing seems like Activation has decided to take action from top-down in straightening affairs with the ongoing case against the company. Moving forward, Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will co-lead the company.