- Jul 6, 2021
Three Senior Blizzard Devs Reportedly No Longer With Company Amid Activision Blizzard Allegations - IGN
Diablo 4 director Luis Barriga, lead level designer Jesse McCree, and World of Warcraft designer Jonathan LeCraft have reportedly been let go amid the ongoing allegations of harassment and abusive culture within Blizzard.
Three senior Blizzard employees are no longer with the company, according to a new report by Kotaku.
Diablo 4 director Luis Barriga, lead level designer Jesse McCree, and World of Warcraft designer Jonathan LeCraft have reportedly been let go amid the ongoing allegations of harassment and abusive culture within Blizzard. Their names are no longer in the company directory, and a source within Blizzard confirmed to IGN that they have also been removed from the company Slack channel.
While the development teams were reportedly informed of their departure, there has been no internal communication on the matter within Activision Blizzard, IGN's source says.
Both McCree and LeCraft were tied to the recent "Cosby Suite" report, which revealed that Blizzard developers would gather within a hotel suite to drink and make sexual remarks about women. It has been tied to the reported "frat culture" that led to California suing Activision Blizzard last month. Barriga had been with Blizzard since 2006 and worked on Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls and World of Warcraft: Legion.
Lead content designer Cory Stockton was also among those in the "Cosby Suite" photo, but is reportedly still with the company.
As the story has continued, we have compiled a timeline to continue tracking events. We also wrote an in-depth report based on conversations with several sources with Activision Blizzard.
We reached out to Activision Blizzard for confirmation of the departure of Barriga, McCree, and LeCraft, but have not yet heard back.
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