Mike Ybarra has penned a letter to the World of Warcraft and Blizzard community, addressing some of the issues the company is facing as well as the direction it’s heading.
Ybarra calls the recent Microsoft deal exciting and says that Blizzard’s top priority is rebuilding trust.
Watching Blizzard work as creatively and diligently as we have throughout this challenging time (on top of an ongoing pandemic) has been inspiring. Navigating these challenges, evolving our development processes, and being introspective and looking at how we can improve our culture shows incredible strength and commitment to one another, our work, and to the player communities.
Ybarra goes on to list measures that are being made to attempt to fix the culture at Blizzard, including increasing the size of their compliance and investigation teams and hiring a Culture Leader and a new organizational leader for Human Resources, amongst other things.
At the end of the letter, we also got a bit of information about a big announcement coming next week.
We also know we need to deliver content to our players on a more regular basis and innovate both in and beyond our existing games. We have some exciting things to announce, and I’ll be sharing more next week.