CEO of upcoming Overwatch 2 game leaves Blizzard

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Chacko Sonny, executive producer of the upcoming Overwatch 2 game, is leaving Blizzard this week. A reason for his departure is not given. Multiple high-ranking Blizzard employees have left since this summer’s sexual harassment allegations.

Sonny says in an email to employees seen by Bloomberg that he will leave Blizzard on Friday. He doesn’t specify why he’s leaving, but says the past few years have been an “absolute privilege” and “one of the best experiences of my career.” Blizzard co-leaders Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra thanked Sonny for his work in a separate email.

Blizzard said in a response to media that Sonny is leaving and “taking time off” after working for Blizzard for five years. Previously, he worked on the first Overwatch game. In April, Jeff Kaplan, the previous lead developer of Overwatch 2. Aaron Keller took over his role as game director. Blizzard goes on Saturday announce more about Overwatch 2.

Blizzard’s Chief Legal Officer Claire Hart left last week, according to Hart’s LinkedIn page. Hart does not indicate why she is leaving either. She worked for the company for more than three years, years that were “full of unexpected twists and turns.” Earlier, Activision Blizzard CEO J. Allen Brack left the company.

The state of California sued Activision Blizzard in July for far-reaching discrimination and sexually transgressive behavior. According to the prosecutors, there is a ‘frat-boy culture’ and women within the company are less likely to receive promotions. The sexual harassment is said to have gone so far as to kill a female employee. Earlier this week, the US government agency SEC sued the company for the treatment of employees.

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