Blizzard announces its new president, after Mike Ybarra

Johanna Faries is the new president of Blizzard Entertainment, taking over from Mike Ybarra who left the company in the recent round of mass layoffs.\r\nMike Ybarra served as president of Blizzard during the development of Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 , and in its farewell the company also accompanied the cancellation of the new video game recently announced by the company.\r\nBut now, or more precisely from February 5, 2024, Johanna Faries is ready to take her role as stated by the the company in an official note published on the site.\r\n”It is an honor to join you next week in this new capacity”, declared Faries in the letter, not forgetting to talk about the delicate moment that Blizzard Entertainment is experiencing:\ r\n\r\n«Today also brings with it some mixed emotions. The loss of talented teammates in recent days is difficult to reconcile with the immense excitement I feel about joining Blizzard and building on the momentum you have created for Blizzard’s next chapter.”\r\n\ r\n«The news of my appointment could undoubtedly arouse a series of reactions, questions and even concerns», continues Faries in his open letter.\r\nThe new president of Blizzard Entertainment held the role of general director of the Call of Duty at Activision, starting in 2018 as head of the Call of Duty eSports division. Precisely because of this affiliation with Activision, and consequently the poisonous influence of Bobby Kotick, the announcement of Johanna Faries’ appointment could shock some.\r\n”I am committed to doing everything I can to help Blizzard prosper, with care and consideration for you and for our games”, declares Faries as if to anticipate the first possible criticisms.\r\nObviously we just have to watch his work and hope that he can revive Blizzard, which is part of a very also complex for Xbox and the recently announced mass layoffs.

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