Blizzard’s new president is a former Call of Duty executive at Activision.

After the purchase of Activision-Blizzard, the company has been going through a mountain of emotions.

A few days ago Microsoft laid off almost 2,000 employees, also canceling a Blizzard game 6 years in development. And everything points to the fact that we will see many more changes at Xbox in the coming months.

In fact, this is what the new managers promise. Although after learning the identity of the company’s new company, Blizzard fans are a little worried.

Blizzard has a new president: Johanna Faries, who previously worked with Call of Duty at Activision.

A Bloomberg report revealed that Johanna Faries will be the new president of Blizzard Entertainment, replacing veteran Mike Ybarra.

Faries previously worked as manager of the Call of Duty franchise at Activision, starting as manager of eSports in 2018. She also has 12 years of experience working in the National Football League.

But it’s not all good news for the company’s fans. In fact, fans and employees alike are concerned that there are problems with the company’s management. This is due to years of interference by Activision executives in Blizzard’s affairs to bring its games in line with Call of Duty.

A conflict of interest arises here, as the games that Blizzard is best at are those live-service games. That is, games created to be supported for many years, even if they require a lot of investment at the beginning. Activision’s intervention has made its projects more predictable every year, and fans fear that Microsoft wants to follow this line. Or so it seems by putting a former Call of Duty executive in charge.

So much is the concern within the team, that Faries tried to calm employees with this message in his announcement of taking charge:

Activision, Blizzard and King are decidedly different companies with different games, cultures and communities. It’s important to note that the way Call of Duty wakes up early to meet players is different from the precious games in Blizzard’s realm. These have different mechanics and experiences, communities surrounding them, and necessary success models. I have discussed this with the Blizzard leadership team and I take on this role with sensitivity to those dynamics and a deep respect for Blizzard as we begin to explore how to take our universes to greater heights.

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