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Diablo 4 director Luis Bariga and lead designer Jesse McCree in Blizzard

Director of Luis Bariga, a developer of veteran Blizzard Entertainment Diablo 4, And one of the game’s lead designers, Jesse McCree, is no longer employed by the game company, Kotaku reported Wednesday. World of Warcraft Designer Jonathan Lecraft also reportedly left the company.

Activision Blizzard confirmed its departure in a statement to Polygon.

“We can see that Luis Bariga, Jesse McCree and Jonathan LeCraft are no longer in the company,” said a spokeswoman for Activision Blizzard. “We already have a deep and talented list of developers and are assigned new leaders as needed. We continue to make progress, provide players with a great experience and everyone. We are confident in our ability to move forward to ensure a safe and productive work environment. “

The transfer at Blizzard occurs just weeks after a lawsuit against the company alleged a toxic work environment that exposed female employees to sexism and sexual harassment.

According to Kotaku’s report, Barriga, McCree, and LeCraft have been removed from Blizzard Entertainment’s internal employee directory and Slack. Barriga and McCree images and developer profiles were also removed from Blizzard’s press website this afternoon.

Barriga has been with Blizzard since 2005, working on extensions to the developer World of Warcraft and Diablo games. His current project, Diablo 4, There is no release date.

Jesse McCree
Photo: Blizzard Entertainment

McCree — its name is OverwatchCowboy Hero — According to his LinkedIn profile, he has been Blizzard’s lead-level designer since 2005. He was shown in a recently published photo of Blizzard developer’s so-called Cosby Suite. This is the nickname of the hotel room mentioned in the proceedings against Activision Blizzard. He also appeared in screenshots of a text message thread with other Blizzard staff on the suite.Former, according to a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing World of Warcraft Creative Director “[Alex] His suite was called the “Crosby Suite” because Afrasiabi was known to engage in harassment of women. [sic] After Bill Crosby, allegedly rapist [sic].. “

The departure of these three Blizzard developers follows the other two highly publicized exits. Former President of Blizzard Entertainment, J. Allen Brack, and Senior Head of Human Resources for Blizzard Entertainment and Activision Blizzard Jesse Meschuk.

In July, Activision Blizzard was accused by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) for creating a “boy culture” that allowed gender discrimination and the spread of sexual harassment. Several executives, including former Blizzard President J. Allen Black, are aware of the alleged action and have made it possible, the proceedings have explained. DFEH said it had conducted a two-year investigation into Activision Blizzard before filing a proceeding.

Shortly after the proceedings, Activision Blizzard issued an official statement stating that the proceedings contained “Blizzard’s past distorted, often false statements.” Frances Townsend, an executive at Activision Blizzard (and former George W. Bush Homeland Security Adviser), called the proceedings “true useless and irresponsible” in statements that have been criticized by current and former staff. Thousands of Activision Blizzard employees have signed a letter asking Townsend to resign as Executive Sponsor of the Women’s Network. Following the letter, Activision Blizzard employees in California and elsewhere quit their jobs in protest of the leadership reaction.

update: This story has been updated with confirmations and statements from Activision Blizzard.

https://www.polygon.com/22620835/diablo-4-game-director-luis-barriga-jesse-mcree-leaves-blizzard

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