- Chacko Sonny, Overwatch’s executive producer, leaves the company
- This marks yet another high-ranking loss for Blizzard
- Sonny’s leaving comes at a chaotic time for Blizzard
The departure of yet another high-ranking producer comes just days before this weekend's Overwatch League Grand Finals.
Chacko Sonny Leaves the Company After Years of Service
Blizzard announces that Overwatch executive producer Chacko Sonny will be leaving the company on Friday, making him yet another big name to bid the company adieu.
An email to staff was used to announce Sonny’s departure, in which he was praised by co-chiefs Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra, describing him as “a thoughtful leader.” Sonny wrote in the email saying that working with Blizzard was a privilege and one of the best experiences of his career.
Blizzard’s official statement says that Sonny is leaving the company in order to “take some time off after 5 years of service.” It adds that under Sonny’s supervision, the talented team behind Overwatch is making excellent progress on the game’s sequel, which is now at its final stages of development.
Sonny’s resignation comes less than a day after Blizzard‘s chief legal officer Claire Hart announced that she was leaving the company after more than three years of service.
A Chaotic Time for Blizzard
This resignation comes at a time where Blizzard is being bombarded with high-profile allegations of widespread sexual harassment at Activision Blizzard. The scandal has led to a lawsuit from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, and recently an investigation launched by SEC in order to look into its handling of complaints of workplace abuse.
Some employees have anonymously come up to an interview for Bloomberg, commenting on the harassment allegations. They say that Sonny was a well-respected man, with no knowledge of any allegations against him.
Despite not yet there being a release date Overwatch 2 is creeping closer. There is going to be a gameplay showcase this weekend at the Overwatch League Grand Finals. Although Sonny was not as much a high-profile employee as former Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan, who also left the company earlier this year, it is still unknown how much of an impact this departure will have on Overwatch 2’s development.