The General Counsel (CLO) of Blizzard Entertainment, a division of Activision Blizzard, unexpectedly resigned on Tuesday night, September 21st, in the midst of true chaos.
Claire Hart, who left Blizzard on Friday, announced her departure from LinkedIn yesterday. She spent over 4 years at the Diablo, StarCraft, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft developer, following a decade at Google.
Despite the fact that she was technically employed by Blizzard, according to her LinkedIn profile, she also worked for Activision Blizzard and its subsidiary APAC and China.
After more than three years at Blizzard Entertainment, I have decided to move on to my next adventure. Friday was my last day. The past three years have been full of unexpected twists and turns, but I feel honored to have worked with and met so many great people at Blizzard and across the Activision Blizzard businesses. I’ll be taking a short break before making my next move. Stay tuned!
Before taking on his next role, Hart will take a short break. It’s unclear whether his replacement is still on the job.
Her exit comes as Activision Blizzard is facing a slew of lawsuits alleging civil rights violations, equal pay violations, and discrimination and harassment of female employees.
The Department of Labor and Fair Housing in California presented the first in July. Later, it was expanded to include more workers, including contractors, and the editor was accused of shredding documents.
Following that, the investor Rosen Law Firm filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of the firm’s investors, alleging that the publisher misled them by failing to publicize the problems with their workplace culture.
Communications Workers of America has also filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing Activision Blizzard of illegal union-busting tactics.
The US Securities and Exchange Commission announced yesterday that it had launched its own investigation into the publisher and its response to the allegations.
Hart is the most recent in a long line of high-ranking Blizzard employees to resurface amid a legal battle. J Allen Brack, the company’s longtime president, and Jesse Meschuk, the company’s senior vice president of global HR, both stepped down in August.
The case involving Activision Blizzard is now the largest criminal investigation in the video game industry as a result of all of these circumstances (in its entire history). One of the most serious of the four lawsuits is worth $500 million, putting the publisher’s market health at risk.