More “departures” at Blizzard, and this particular photo is acting as a sort of hit list of easy targets for Activision to take action upon.
I have done some dumb things in my life, of that there’s no question. We all have. I’ve paid my fair share of consequences, enough to understand that while in a leadership position, there are some fundamental values and ethics that we need to share. And for a very long time, money allowed people to get away with almost anything. If you survived the middle trenches, it really didn’t matter what you did from that point forward.
There’s a fundamental concept in physics, that for every action there is a commensurate reaction. This applies to sociology as well, just that the timeframes are different. Sometimes that triggering event seems minor compared to other things, but it’s just a lack of awareness of the pressure on that given topic. Dam failures are not often caused by massive floods, it’s gradually eating away and lack of maintenance.
SUPER TANGENT TIME! I do want to point that the last US President is viewed as the final trigger for sexual harassment deluge. MeToo started in the mid-2000’s but truly picked up in 2017. The trickle turned into a torrent of allegations everywhere, and you can’t shake a stick without hearing/reading about it. The normalcy that he presented in sexual assault/harassment really pushed this thing over the edge. And where this current leads, I have no clue.
So more Blizzard leadership exits, and I’m somewhat sure that this will continue for the months to come. It’s a good message to leaders that there are consequences for actions, but it’s also years late. And for those who actually want to buy Blizzard products, the leadership exists here mean that dev cycles will slow to a crawl, which certainly isn’t helping things. It’s all bad news, with a sliver of justice for those who were abused in the past.
Let’s see how far this toilet will flush.