Blizzard president J. Allen Brack resigns, Jen Oneal & Mike Ybarra to co-lead

Oneal was originally the head of Vicarious Visions while Ybarra came over from Xbox in 2019. Both will be leading Blizzard operations in Brack's stead.

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There’s been a major shift in leadership at Blizzard Entertainment. Following the ongoing issues of sexual harassment allegations and workplace toxicity that have resulted in a lawsuit being launched against Activision Blizzard, president J. Allen Brack of Blizzard has resigned and will be stepping down from his position today. Fellow leads Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will be taking up the reins of Blizzard Entertainment in Brack’s place.

Blizzard Entertainment formally announced this transition via its official Twitter and a website statement on August 3, 2021. Effective immediately, J. Allen Brack will resign from his position as president and head of the studio while Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra take his place as co-leads. Oneal previously served as a longtime producer and, eventually, studio lead of Vicarious Visions before moving over to Blizzard to oversee the Overwatch and Diablo franchises in January 2021. Meanwhile, Ybarra was with Xbox for 20 years, becoming Corporate Vice President of Gaming in his time there and heavily overseeing the Xbox Insider Program before jumping ship to Blizzard in 2019. He became vice president and general manager of platform and technology and was overseeing the improvement of Battle.net.

This move follows the recent events in which the state of California filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for what were described as reprehensible workplace conditions and sexual harassment. Brack and Activision’s president Rob Kostich would released their own company emails addressing the allegations as “deeply disturbing” and promised change. However, current Activision Blizzard chief compliance officer and Bush-era torture apologist Frances Townsend went aggressively defensive, calling the allegations “distorted and untrue” and the lawsuit “meritless and irresponsible”.

These events eventually culminated in an employee walkout at Activision Blizzard in solidarity with the victims and prompted a response from CEO Bobby Kotick (which many employees saw as an attempt at placation).

With former president J. Allen Brack’s exit at Blizzard and Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra stepping into the studio leadership role, it remains to be seen if this will provide real improvement. Kotick and Townsend still hold executive positions over Activision Blizzard, just to name a few. We will continue to follow this story as further details come out.

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        August 3, 2021 5:44 AM

        Someone had to be the scapegoat. I bet they desperately want this story to go away now

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          August 3, 2021 5:47 AM

          I thought they would have replaced him with Dababy

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          August 3, 2021 5:50 AM

          Scapegoat or rat fleeing the sinking ship?

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          August 3, 2021 6:09 AM

          However, it's interesting that at the time his replacements are from with Blizzard (an exec VP, and the lead of Vicarious Visions). I would have though this the chance for Activision's side to put their ally there and fully "control" the company.

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            August 3, 2021 6:48 AM

            There is no need. They do fully control the company and Blizz makes loads of money. No need for radical change from an Activision point of view

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              August 3, 2021 7:06 AM

              Well, I mean, there's loads of speculation that Mike M. did a lot of good work trying to insulate Activision's power from Blizzard directly, but couldn't hold that off forever. Brack took over for him, and while Brack appeared to be less aggressive about allowing Activision to control Blizzard, he still seemed to try to fight that.

              Now whether these two people are more friendly to Activision or seeking to protect Blizzard from its corporate oversight, it is unclear. Yes, they are still owned by Activision and Activision will get what they want from it, but it did seem like some of the changes in the last year (bringing VV to Blizzard, Diablo 2 Remastered given the go-ahead after the mess of Warcraft 3, etc.) was still of Blizzard's own volition. That's what I hope these two try to maintain.

              But yes, Blizzard's still whipped by Activision, for all purposes regardless of what happens.

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                August 3, 2021 7:24 AM

                The kind of Activision influence they care about is already clearly there in WoW and has been for years and years. Shop mounts, paid services but mainly selling gold for real money which Blizzard had always been massively against before the merger.
                I'm hoping we don't see any deterioration in quality from these two being in charge. I hope they're not the kind of yes men who will sell the company short to promise things to corporate overlords. But there isn't much more greed and microtransactions they could fit into WoW compared to what is already there.

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                August 3, 2021 1:16 PM

                Nehvrook’s take is more accurate.

                The only thing I would add was Blizz didn’t need to be shielded. At the time of the merger, Blizzard was already under corporate ownership by Vivendi. It was a merger of Activision and Vivendi Games, more easily allowing Blizzard to become part of an American corporation trading on a US stock exchange.

                Activision was making plenty of money at the time with big sellers like Call of Duty and Guitar Hero. Their interest in merging with Vivendi was also to position themselves more solidly for stock trading.

                Afterwards, Activision thought Destiny would keep bringing in the bacon and Blizzard started making some wasteful moves too- precisely because their higher ups were making their money via the investor end of the operation, through stock performance bonuses as well as via the value of their own shares. It’s no wonder R& D, new IPs and the overall functioning of both Activision and Blizzard started going down the tubes. Why bother if the numbers presented to the shareholders are acceptable?

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          August 3, 2021 10:29 AM

          Lmao you think a CEO is being treated as a scapegoat omg my sides hurt

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            August 3, 2021 10:33 AM

            Is today the day we learn that president isn’t a CEO?

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        August 3, 2021 5:52 AM

        I'm curious to hear the explanation they give shareholders about they were never informed of the state of California’s two-year investigation during today's quarterly earnings call

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        August 3, 2021 5:54 AM

        On his way out, he reportedly said to his secretary: “now that I no longer work here, want to fuck? It’s okay, it’s not harassment since I don’t work here anymore. I have plenty of room in my Land Rover if you’re worried. I’ll leave the lactation room to let you decide.”

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          August 3, 2021 6:46 AM

          Don't worry he brought a mask of Gloria Steinhem for her to wear.

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        August 3, 2021 6:17 AM

        Also from last night, but not yet confirmed, TMobile may have pulled its sponsorship of OWL and Call of Duty League over this suit

        https://www.pcgamer.com/t-mobile-branding-removed-from-overwatch-and-call-of-duty-league-websites/

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        August 3, 2021 6:34 AM

        Damn. Blizzard is going to be a completely different company after this all plays out.

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          August 3, 2021 6:59 AM

          isn't that a good thing?

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            August 3, 2021 7:07 AM

            Probably but they will be losing a ton of good people (as if they haven’t already lost a lot, like Kaplan)

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              August 3, 2021 7:15 AM

              This, they're going to lose the essence that made them Blizzard (not necessarily that that essence was tied to the frat boy culture). Games will start to feel more "developed by committee" rather than without excessive management forcing.

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                August 3, 2021 7:18 AM

                Developed by committee?

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                  August 3, 2021 7:20 AM

                  Games that feel they are specifically made to meet certain management checkboxes, much like most of Activision's yearly installments, putting creativity as a secondary objective as long as the game makes money. Call of Duty has been this way for years, for example.

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                    August 3, 2021 7:25 AM

                    You definitely haven’t been playing WoW for awhile then. It’s been that way for many expansions so many years. Blizzard has already been down that path without Activision.

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                    August 3, 2021 7:50 AM

                    Pretty sure this has been the case already since Blizzard North quietly sailed into the great beyond over the horizon.

                    It didn't bother me in the Starcraft 2 era because the game was engaging and had a solid community. Same with Overwatch. Diablo 3 was probably their most ambitious modern era launch. Real money auction house, extremely rare legendary items, inferno mode....all things they eventually walked back to get the game to an actual fun place.

                    I would love to consider Heroes of the Storm here, but that game was abandoned and placed on life support long before HGC was murdered in its sleep.

                    I'm finished with them for the foreseeable future. Uninstalled all their games and the launcher even though I want to play the latest Diablo 3 season with my friends and I enjoy playing Lucioball. I was very much looking forward to buying the d2 remaster, and probably also D4 and Overwatch 2 and whatever RTS they are developing and going to call Warcraft 4, but I don't see any of that happening anymore.

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                    August 3, 2021 9:43 AM

                    You would think after your experience with Bungie and Destiny 2 you would realize that while Activision is shit, few of the problems with Blizzard are the fault of Activision.

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                August 3, 2021 7:39 AM

                feel like this is already gone...

                I read the book about making of Diablo by David Craddock early in 2021 and already Diablo 3 dev sounds so so far away from their roots.

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                August 3, 2021 7:47 AM

                What has JAB done for Blizzard though, besides giving a half-assed public apology for the Blirzchung ban (that Hearthstone pro gamer who got banned for protesting against the Chinese dictatorship) and pretending he didn't know and doesn't approve of the sexual harassment at Blizzard (even though he was Afrasiabi's bro, knew exactly what was going on, and even defended him).

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                August 3, 2021 9:51 AM

                They lost that long ago.

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                August 3, 2021 2:42 PM

                Blizzard games already felt like this for well over a decade.

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                August 3, 2021 10:56 PM

                They lost their essence some time ago tbh.

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        August 3, 2021 6:43 AM

        Too little to late. Also, how big is his going away compensation package? I might feel better about this if he wasn't walking away with $20 million. Btw, I have no idea if that is the real figure. I am just pulling a number out of the air.

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          August 3, 2021 6:52 AM

          can't take away stock owned anyways

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            August 3, 2021 6:54 AM

            You can't. But you can deny any bonuses and try and claw back bonuses.

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              August 3, 2021 6:56 AM

              agreed. my gut is they just rush him out the door as the fall guy

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                August 3, 2021 7:03 AM

                Probably true, but they didn't say he was fired. If he was falling on their collective sword, they'd put a stronger message no?

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                  August 3, 2021 7:04 AM

                  agreed - they let him resign based on this. which means he takes anything in his contract - usually

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        August 3, 2021 6:46 AM

        Thanks Brack Obama

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        August 3, 2021 6:53 AM

        His replacement? J Allard.

        Not the Xbox guy, the dog from idle thumbs.

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          August 3, 2021 7:50 AM

          Some new Xbox guy and some new lady from that game porting company Vicarious Visions.

          I doubt they'll make any good inputs to game design, but hopefully they'll with the people problems in the company.

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            August 3, 2021 8:10 AM

            IMO they don’t need to do anything with game design. They need to work on HR and culture and all that.

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            August 3, 2021 12:18 PM

            Vicarious Visions has been responsible for some awesome stuff over the years.

            Their GBA ports of Tony Hawk were a super clever way to adapt the game and legit worked.

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        August 3, 2021 7:16 AM

        Can I preorder D2 Rezd now?

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          August 3, 2021 9:44 AM

          That's pretty impressive, although he did that during the pre-patch period. It'd be more like completing +17s today

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            August 3, 2021 9:45 AM

            I don’t think it was possible to get the achievement until after 9.1?

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              August 3, 2021 10:46 AM

              It was definitely possible, although probably unintended. A guildmate of mine immediately knocked them out in the first couple days

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            August 3, 2021 9:45 AM

            I don’t think it was possible to get the achievement until after 9.1?

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          August 3, 2021 9:49 AM

          That’s a good sign.

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          August 3, 2021 10:51 AM

          the current wow lead was a top end raider as well. The issue is that while the raids continue to be good, the rest of the game isnt...

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            August 3, 2021 11:42 AM

            Ion does seem like a computer-brain kind of guy rather than a creative type. Generally, you do want any organized kind of person running a big project, but whoever they have doing the creative parts seem to be producing a pretty stagnant experience.

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              August 3, 2021 12:50 PM

              Steve Danuser is the narrative lead. I actually like a lot of the new stuff they’ve built lore wise for shadowlands.
              People give him a lot of shit because they either love or hate the Sylvannas arc.
              I think in general there’s a section of the playerbase that is just going to be unhappy with the story developing past Azeroth. Once the players started offing god left and right, the story had to expand.

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                August 3, 2021 2:12 PM

                The story just feels incredibly bland and inoffensive, which is pretty stunning considering they recently had Sylvanas commit genocide. I guess every character has to be a wooden caricature when they’re all just living legends, but it would be nice if they toned that down somewhat.

                There actually is a lot of lore going around this expansion, but aside from being uninteresting, it also just feels like yet another grind to churn through. The campaign quest takes like an hour a week, and you can’t even do it until you’ve filled a bar. I’m probably just creating pain for myself by trying to play two characters in an expansion that’s hilariously alt-unfriendly, but the chores are just overwhelming me.

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                  August 3, 2021 2:17 PM

                  I’ve already quit. Was considering coming back for 9.1 but then all this shit came out.
                  I think the dungeons just stink this expansion so they’re not fun for m+ and as a casual raider, there was a pretty hard roadblock in getting decent weapons in the first tier. Pugs just couldn’t down heroic council consistently for months. Felt like I was wasting my time every raid.
                  Not to mention that I’ve been a rogue and warrior main for years and they dumpstered both classes at launch.

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      August 3, 2021 6:52 AM

      Good riddance.

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      August 3, 2021 10:11 AM

      Act-Blizz shareholders file formal lawsuit that their past SEC filings, in light of the lawsuit, contained patently false claims

      https://www.polygon.com/22607870/activision-blizzard-sex-harassment-shareholder-lawsuit-class-action

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        August 3, 2021 10:16 AM

        Also directly blaming Kotick and other senior management for letting this all happen under their guard

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        August 3, 2021 10:19 AM

        A thing to keep in mind that only 54% of the shareholders agreed to award Kotick a nice big bonus last month. I think that will not be happening again.

        https://www.msn.com/en-us/entertainment/gaming/activision-shareholders-vote-to-keep-paying-ceo-bobby-kotick-a-ton-of-money/ar-AALhFA8

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          August 3, 2021 1:25 PM

          A slight majority will be voting to give him a hefty golden parachute on his way out the door next time, instead.

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            August 3, 2021 1:29 PM

            ^^^ultimately, I think this is why they didn’t bother to settle out of court with the state when they were offered the chance. They’ve got theirs and this is probably a strategy they’ve arranged with TenCent to lower the valuation enough to make a merger/buyout acceptable, plus sew chaos in state political circles during a time where right wing forces are hoping to grab back overt power in the state by any means necessary.

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              August 3, 2021 1:29 PM

              (Sow)

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              August 3, 2021 1:53 PM

              Fuck, I could believe that. Heinous though it would be.

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                August 3, 2021 1:57 PM

                I’ve assumed for quite some time that Bobby Kotick is on par with people like that pillow saleswoman for Trump guy, etc.; mostly motivated by greed but could be swayed to get involved in political circles out of hubris and eyes on more lucrative opportunities.

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                  August 3, 2021 1:57 PM

                  Salesman. My phone is rebellious today.

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                  August 3, 2021 3:22 PM

                  Bobby always reminded me a slimy used car salesman. Like Herb Tarlek, only without the class or humanity.

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              August 3, 2021 3:07 PM

              Can you elaborate on the political connection?

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                August 3, 2021 3:24 PM

                They probably see themselves as a large employer in CA, and are trying to leverage that behind the scenes for anything from tax breaks to facilitating a merger/buyout.

                There’s been renewed efforts by conservative money and the national GOP steering teams to use what they see as a chink in the blue armor of California state government to gain more power again. There’s a recall movement against the governor right now, for one serious example.

                It’s very easy to connect Activision’s decision not to settle this out of court with these larger political maneuvers, considering how politicized their initial response to the state declaration of the suit and also based on the hardball right wings teams they’re employing to “deal” with the situation.

                Whether it’s logical or wise for them to play politics around this is another question, which I don’t have any answers for, but it seems pretty clear that their leadership has embraced this strategy, for whatever reasons.

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            August 3, 2021 2:13 PM

            shareholders can't vote out a CEO. that only can be done by the board itself. yes, shareholder;s vote for board members - but it's like the electoral college. most of this comes down to the quarterly results tonight and this next quarter. if it's bad, they could vote in new people at their next yearly mtg who could try to rally and push for the CEO's exit.

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              August 3, 2021 2:35 PM

              I know. Shareholders vote for their compensation package.

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                August 3, 2021 2:36 PM

                (Which is exactly what I said)

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      August 3, 2021 10:27 AM

      I’ve heard very good things about Jen O’Neal. Also funny that you couldn’t have a woman be the sole leader huh.

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        August 3, 2021 10:48 AM

        We don't know how temporary this co-leading position is. Could just be enough to whether the storm until the board agrees on someone more long-term (whether that's one of these two or not).

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        August 3, 2021 2:34 PM

        That was instantly my first thought. :/

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      August 3, 2021 11:12 AM

      Internal studios reject management's choice of WilmerHale as the lawfirm to investigate the AB problems internally, form a coalition to get a different firm to do this.

      WilmerHale is know to be a opponent of unionization and was part of the work to try to stop Amazon workers from unionizing.

      https://www.ign.com/articles/activision-blizzard-employees-abk-coalition-reject-bobby-kotick-law-firm

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        August 3, 2021 12:28 PM

        Damn. This huge

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          August 3, 2021 1:23 PM

          Is it? They don’t have to listen to the demands.

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            August 3, 2021 1:27 PM

            No they don't but this ABK Alliance is making sure they have put a stake in the ground that if company refused to come to their demands and these conditions continue to persist, they can bring other lawsuits against the company. Particularly if AB management tries to come down on collective bargaining.

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              August 3, 2021 1:46 PM

              I don't think they Alliance will have any grounds if they say they reject the law firm and AB goes forward with them. It's a corporate choice - the CLO or Chiefl Council - who gets to decide what outside law firms are used. Just because they don't like them doesn't give them grounds to either reject them or block their use.

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                August 3, 2021 2:54 PM

                I'm just thinking if this employee alliance is going "you're hiring a lawfirm known to hostile to unionizing efforts", management says that won't happen, and then down the road, lo-and-behold, Activision is denying employees from engaging in unionizing efforts (which in CA is pretty much something you can't do), they have warnings and evidence that the company clearly ignored employee concerns. That's no so much a lawsuit there itself, but its more towards what the shareholders could take action, or fuel for the state's own suit.

                It's documentation, rather than word-of-mouth that its harder to prove that employees tries to take action.

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                  August 3, 2021 2:54 PM

                  Go look at the mix of shareholders today. It’s not employee friendly groups.

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                    August 3, 2021 3:37 PM

                    Oh, certainly. But right now, there is some alignment of shareholders wants and employees wants. While the shareholders probably don't want to see unionization in the long run, they absolutely do not want to see employees being treated like shit as to inflate AB's bottom line (due to potential litigation that will fall out from that).

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            August 3, 2021 1:27 PM

            It's a key moment to see if the workers are willing to walk the walk when management says no.

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              August 3, 2021 1:44 PM

              I totally agree with you - they are all at will employees and have to be willing to risk it all at this time.

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                August 3, 2021 2:05 PM

                Expect a gaping crater in the Orange County job market soon. I wonder how many of these jobs will be offshored via TenCent.

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                  August 3, 2021 2:10 PM

                  there is a lot of talent overseas that can be put in place - not saying it';s good or equal, but a lot of bodies to fill roles.

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                    August 3, 2021 3:30 PM

                    I think that’s what’s going to happen and not settling the charges quietly out of court is political showmanship to justify it.

                    Just my prediction, though. We’ll certainly see what happens, especially around November.

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                      August 3, 2021 3:31 PM

                      What happens in nov at AB?

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                        August 3, 2021 3:47 PM

                        Ugh, I should have said September 14th (the recall vote- I’m annoyed with myself that I thought it wasn’t going to drop this soon) and beyond. Dunno what will happen at ATVI, but we’ll see what happens in CA, as a whole.

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                          August 3, 2021 3:48 PM

                          Ah you mean the ca gov recall vote.

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                            August 3, 2021 4:00 PM

                            Yeah :(

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                              August 3, 2021 4:01 PM

                              How do you think these two things align or intersect? I’m confused I admit

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                                August 3, 2021 4:09 PM

                                It could go in a lot of directions, depending on which of the many people with hats in the ring to take over push forward if the recall vote passes.

                                I just can’t believe ATVI turned up the chance to quietly settle this for this three ring circus unless they had larger expectations for what they want out of the state.

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                                  August 3, 2021 4:13 PM

                                  I really think its as simple as this all happening the week before ATVI earnings and the need to fire the Blizzard president and head of HR in order to shut people up on the investor call

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                                    August 3, 2021 4:18 PM

                                    Yeah, that ain't gonna be the result.

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                                    August 3, 2021 4:23 PM

                                    The investors likely won’t care if ATVI does something like sell Blizzard off or merges with TenCent, but the company would need some support from the state (as a first line in gaining support from the SEC).

                                    The company would also need some optics of “having no choice but” if they want to do mass layoffs or move offshore.

                                    Like I’ve said above, I don’t think these would be the wisest choices, but I could see ATVI operating in some extreme ways, for extreme goals, based on the fact they chose this public mess instead of a quiet settlement in the first place.

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                                      August 3, 2021 4:45 PM

                                      It was a public mess already, the stock tanked 7% on initial news even before the walkout. The reaction had to be this public in order to instill confidence. Axing the old president and head of HR says “we’re handling this” and “we don’t want labor to organize so we’re defusing this energy before it can really gain steam”

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                                        August 3, 2021 5:04 PM

                                        That's what they're trying to get it to say, but it's not remotely enough to have that effect.

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                                        August 3, 2021 5:45 PM

                                        If you read the state filing, the state worked privately with ATVI for months and only filed a lawsuit when the negotiations went nowhere.

                                        ATVI refused to comply privately and said ok sue.

                                        It’s in section 19 on page 9:
                                        https://aboutblaw.com/YJw

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                                          August 3, 2021 7:07 PM

                                          Yup. They thought they'd call the state's bluff and that failed. Everything since then has been a logical reaction to that blowing up in their face.

                                          I honestly believe they didn't think the state had a case or that they would actually follow through. Its too far-fetched for me to believe that ATVI's advisement under executive members like Fran Townsend were thinking that far ahead in light of their completely boneheaded initial response. Enough of the executive members thought this would blow over, probably like lots of this has blown over in the industry in the past.

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                                            August 3, 2021 7:17 PM

                                            How could they not know the state had a case against them?

                                            I actually don’t think we are in disagreement. The only difference is that I think they knew there was a case there but huge hubris as a major employer in the state led them to feel it was worth it to not make a deal. Whether the strategy was to “squeeze” the state, or some other agenda that was likely only in the best interests of a very few, we’ll have to wait and see, but I think there’s more pride and greed there than simply blindness.

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                                              August 3, 2021 7:21 PM

                                              Pride was certainly a factor in any case

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                                                August 3, 2021 7:29 PM

                                                Absolutely.

                                                I had a full time position with benefits at Activision, my direct coworkers were of much better caliber than I’d previously encountered in my other game industry employment and I still gladly said “toodle-loo” and didn’t look back, while I saw my female friends all dragged through pointless HR multiple times.

                                                They knew.

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        August 3, 2021 12:50 PM

        This thread, and this article, are making me think change might actually happen in the company. But I'm also extremely jaded when it comes to AB, so I ain't holding my breath.

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          August 3, 2021 3:24 PM

          Oh there'll be change. I just expect it'll be temporary until the all seeing eye of the public moves on to something else. And then back to business as usual.

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            August 3, 2021 3:28 PM

            There was a story from a mainstream source earlier on that noted that if his had happened in any other entertainment industry, *everyone* would be all over them and would make sure some light at the end of the tunnel was seen before backing off. But for some reason, video games have been generally ignored when it comes to the whole Me Too problem within it, and this is being held as possibly the landmark/watershed moment that will wake not only the vg industry but other media to getting actual change made within the industry.

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      August 3, 2021 1:32 PM

      Blizzard head of HR is no longer there

      https://mobile.twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1422653540774907907

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      August 3, 2021 2:41 PM

      Kotick's latest words today suggest (if it wasn't already hinted) that Brack's resignation was from pressure to clean house: "People will be held accountable for their actions," Kotick said. "That commitment means that we will not just terminate employees where appropriate, but will also terminate any manager or leader found to have impeded the integrity of our processes for evaluating claims and imposing appropriate consequences."


      https://www.pcgamer.com/activision-blizzard-ceo-bobby-kotick-people-will-be-held-responsible-for-their-actions/

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        August 3, 2021 2:55 PM

        SUCH AS *YOUUUUU*, KOTICK!?!?!?

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        August 3, 2021 2:56 PM

        Buck ends with you, dipshit.

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        August 3, 2021 2:56 PM

        *except me

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        August 3, 2021 2:58 PM

        shit-eating feces-human needs to resign

        fuck kotick

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        August 3, 2021 3:32 PM

        Did they outright fire the dude with no severance or anything? Or is he crying into his golden parachute?

        And frankly, I can only take it seriously once Bobby hits the road (again, with no severance or anything). Anyone wanna take bets on that happening?

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        August 3, 2021 3:36 PM

        Consolidation is way ahead of schedule thanks to all of this misconduct inside of Blizzard

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        August 3, 2021 3:38 PM

        This nails it btw: https://twitter.com/timjungdev/status/1422664143497093120

        "we acknowledge employees may unionize and are taking action to protect the investors from this"

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        August 3, 2021 4:43 PM

        what's the over-under on how many days Kotick has left as CEO

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          August 3, 2021 4:45 PM

          He'll be there a long time, unless a smoking huge gun appears.

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          August 3, 2021 4:53 PM

          He’s the safest dude out of anyone. No allegations of misconduct, the worst people can say is that he prioritizes profit over everything and that’s the farthest thing that would get a CEO in trouble

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          August 3, 2021 5:01 PM

          He owns so much stock at this point that the cost to replace him by any means but his own Choosing is unlikely and way too expensive.

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      August 3, 2021 4:17 PM

      Wow, apparently at the AB earnings call, only TWO questions were asked pertinent to the lawsuit. I realize that the shareholder class action only dropped today and the shareholders may not be fully informed of all the issues, but this still seems rather sad and/or predictable from wealthy shareholders just looking to protect their bottom dollar.

      https://www.ign.com/articles/what-activision-blizzard-shareholders-asked-first-earnings-call-harassment-lawsuit

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        August 3, 2021 4:22 PM

        shareholders have every reason to believe this will blow over and much more reason to wonder about things like how Activision will increase monetization with looming legal risks to loot boxes or whatever else

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      August 3, 2021 4:40 PM

      All of these moves so far seem to ignore the previous leadership who by several accounts were all in on similar abuse.

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        August 3, 2021 4:49 PM

        I hope that Jeff Kaplan is clean, but who knows. He and Afrasiabi were besties for years

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        August 3, 2021 5:02 PM

        Anyone not at AB when the lawsuit dropped - minus those named explicitly - are pretty much out of the line of fire until the civil lawsuits happen.

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