The mass layoffs announced by Microsoft had consequences at the top, where Mike Ybarra, director of Blizzard Entertainment, was replaced by Johanna Farris. The decision caused an uproar among the Blizzard community, but the atmosphere is expected to return to normal in the coming weeks.
Mike Ybarra left the company a few days ago, as a result of a massive wave of layoffs, which left about 1,900 people unemployed in the video game division. And now, after the latest statement, it has been announced that the General Manager of Call of Duty will take the reins of the current restructuring process.
In this way, the executive will begin his duties as president from February 5. The news was announced through a message sent by Fares to all employees; This has undoubtedly raised surprises in various departments, especially due to long-standing tensions between the executives of Activision and Blizzard Entertainment.
Who is the new president of Blizzard?
Johanna Faris began her career at Activision in 2018. That year she took over the position of Head of Esports that was part of the famous saga of massive prestige: Call of Duty, which has millions of players around the world.
Before that, his professional career focused on the National Football League, adding around 12 years of experience in the sector.
Referring to him AppointmentFarris herself admitted in her statement that the news may come as a bit of a shock. However, the new director of Blizzard Entertainment He commented that his vision will focus on adapting the company to the new era, while maintaining the distinctive culture that has always distinguished the company.
In this way, he hopes they can develop new projects, to face a successful 2024. What's more, the new merger of these companies that are part of Microsoft is generating high expectations among the fan community.
Joanna Varies is the new President of Blizzard Entertainment 💙
The former GM of the Call of Duty franchise understands the differences between Activision and Blizzard and is committed to respecting their unique dynamics. pic.twitter.com/ZWMSgHtE9r
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