Overwatch 2’s Boss Is Quitting Blizzard For ‘Some Time Off’

Overwatch 2’s Boss Is Quitting Blizzard For ‘Some Time Off’
Former Overwatch boss Chacko Sonny (Photo: Matthew Eisman, Getty Images)

With Overwatch 2 still in development, the series’ executive producer has quit Blizzard for what the company says is “some time off”.

Chacko Sonny, who has been at Blizzard since 2016 and has worked on both Overwatch games, announced his departure to colleagues on Friday, Bloomberg reports. In addition to his role on Overwatch he was also a company Vice President.

A statement released by Blizzard says he is “leaving Blizzard to take some time off after 5 years of service. The deep, talented Overwatch team is making excellent progress on Overwatch 2, and thanks to their hard work, the game is in the final stages of production. We’ll be sharing more at the Overwatch League Grand Finals later this month.”

That’s actually this weekend, with a big Overwatch 2 news event scheduled for September 25. While neither Blizzard’s statement or Sonny’s own farewell email to colleagues mentions the ongoing crisis at the company, he joins an ever-growing list of high-profile departures which includes Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan leaving in April, while last month Diablo 4 game director Luis Barriga, lead designer Jesse McCree, and World of Warcraft designer Jonathan LeCraft were let go from Blizzard.

Blizzard president J. Allen Brack also quit last month, around the same time as the company’s head of HR Jesse Meschuk, while just last week the company’s chief legal officer also resigned.

In July, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) sued Activision Blizzard over several “violations of state’s civil rights and equal pay laws,” including widespread, harassment, discrimination, and abuse, especially against women at the company. Notably, the suit cites a so-called “Cosby Suite” at BlizzCon, a hotel room notorious for untoward behaviour from some top men at the company at the time.

In the wake of this, employees held a highly publicized walkout and sent a letter to the company condemning its horrendous behaviour. More recently, those employees say Activision Blizzard isn’t meeting their demands.

Sponsors have pulled support for the company’s esports. Activision Blizzard was hit with a second lawsuit (a class action) over the first. And yesterday, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal, news broke that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an extensive investigation into Activision Blizzard, even issuing a subpoena (basically, a court order that legally requires someone to testify) to longtime CEO Bobby Kotick.

Comments

  • Hell of a time to leave the company… when all the sexual abusers and bigots (and their enablers) are leaving or being purged.

    Also, quitting is a hell of a way to get ‘some time off’. Do they not have any kind of leave for people who want to take time off? They should really look into that.

    • Likely hasnt been with them long enough to get that special time off allowence, that and well america has has shitty thrid world levels of worker entitlements.

    • “Taking some time off” is game developer language for something along the lines of “Working at this studio has burned me out and need to get the hell out of dodge”.

      Understandable really given everything.

  • The rats announced earlier today they would be leaving the ship but assured the public that it had nothing to do with rumours the ship is sinking.

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