The record $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard has brought with it renewed hope across the gaming industry that Microsoft can create a more positive working environment for studios that have been caught up in numerous controversies over the last few years.
In a post on Blizzard’s blog, company boss Mike Ybarra pledged that the company would look to rebuild the trust of its fans by making positive changes to its studio culture. Some of these changes include new appointments, which Ybarra shed more light on.
- A Culture leader who will help us maintain the best aspects of what we have today, and change and evolve where needed to ensure everyone brings their best self to Blizzard.
- A new organizational leader for Human Resources who will build trust, empower our teams, and help foster a safe, positive work environment for everyone.
- A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leader solely focused on our progress across multiple efforts in this area.
Blizzard’s compliance and investigation teams have also tripled in size and have created an “upward feedback program” that will allow employees to evaluate their managers. The studio’s executive and management teams will be measured “directly against culture improvement,” which means that their compensation will depend on their success in creating a safe, inclusive, and creative work environment at Blizzard according to Ybarra.
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