Overwatch Executive Producer Chacko Sonny is leaving Blizzard Entertainment on Friday, based on an Activision spokesman speaking to Bloomberg.
A Blizzard spokesman confirmed to Bloomberg that Chacko, who oversees the entire Overwatch franchise and growth for the sequel, will depart the corporate. “[Blizzard] has been an absolute privilege and one of the very best experiences of my profession,” Sonny mentioned in an electronic mail to employees, based on Bloomberg.
Blizzard additionally says that Overwatch 2 is nearing the top of manufacturing on the time of Sonny’s exit. An replace on Overwatch 2 will probably be offered later this month, and the timeline on it could have shifted contemplating Overwatch 2 was reportedly nonetheless years out from launch.
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Activision Blizzard is currently facing a lawsuit from the state of California for sexual harassment and discrimination. It was additionally not too long ago found that the SEC is investigating harassment at Activision and the EEO has been investigating Activision since May 2020.
While Sonny’s departure could possibly be unrelated to the investigations, that is removed from the primary high-level departure at Activision. Blizzard president J. Allen Brack, Blizzard’s chief legal officer Claire Hart, and Activision CPO Claudine Naughton have all exited or plan to exit the corporate within the months following the lawsuit.
Overwatch 2 director Jeff Kaplan also left the company, however that was in April 2021 earlier than California’s lawsuit was issued in July.
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Petey Oneto is a contract author for IGN.