Executive producer on the Overwatch series and Overwatch 2 development head Chacko Sonny has announced he’s leaving Blizzard.
The news was broken by Bloomberg, who reported that Sonny told staff he would be departing at the end of the week. The news was later confirmed by Blizzard in a statement given to Polygon, but didn’t offer much insight into why. It said “Chacko Sonny 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,” the statement continued. “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.”
According to Bloomberg, internal correspondence from new co-leaders Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra said he was “a thoughtful leader”. They also cite an internal note from Sonny calling his time at the company “an absolute privilege and one of the best experiences of my career”.
It’s the latest of many high level departures in recent months following Activision Blizzard’s recent spate of workplace harassment lawsuits. Former company President J. Allen Brack departed in August in order to “pursue new opportunities”. Ongoing investigations into the alleged toxic work environment meanwhile led to the dismissal of Luis Barriga, Jesse McCree, and Jonathan LeCraft from the Diablo 4 and World of Warcraft teams a few weeks later.
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Just yesterday, Activision Blizzard issued a statement after it came to light that it was being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission.