Blizzard has misplaced one among Overwatch’s leaders in Chacko Sonny, who served as government producer on the franchise together with a management function in Overwatch 2. The departure comes in the midst of a sequence of lawsuits towards Activision Blizzard concerning civil rights and equal pay, together with allegations it fostered a poisonous office tradition rife with sexual harassment and discrimination.
Bloomberg reviews that Sonny knowledgeable the crew 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 shifting as much as an government function two years later, based on his LinkedIn profile.
A Blizzard consultant talking to Polygon doesn’t point out the lawsuits, telling the outlet that Sonny is leaving to “take a while off after 5 years of service.” Blizzard workers that spoke to Bloomberg additionally stated they weren’t conscious of any allegations towards Sonny and that he was well-liked total. It seems that, for now, Sonny is not in the identical bother as different leaders who’ve 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 corporate in April.
Regardless of seemingly elevating one other purple flag for Overwatch 2’s growth, Blizzard advised Polygon that the sport is in its last phases of manufacturing and that the crew is making “wonderful progress” total. Overwatch 2 has no launch window however is anticipated 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 Trade Fee, a federal company, launching its personal investigation into the corporate. Amongst different issues, the SEC needs paperwork and different communications concerning the company’s dealing with of the various worker allegations levied towards it, with Activision CEO Bobby Kotick and different prime executives being subpoenaed. Activision has acknowledged that it’s cooperating with the SEC’s investigation.[Sources: Bloomberg, Polygon]