For the past two months, Blizzard has been embroiled in a lawsuit brought forth by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), and a massive walkout from Activision Blizzard employees. Many players have since vowed to quit playing Blizzard games. Content creators have decided not to stream or create videos for Blizzard games completely in the past two months. The situation came to a head when the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), in relation to the DFEH lawsuit and employee complaints about sexual misconduct and discrimination, subpoenaed Activision CEO Bobby Kotick and other high-ranking executives.
Hart is the latest in departures from Activision Blizzard in 2021, joining former Blizzard president J. Allen Brack, Diablo 4 game director Luis Barriga, lead designer Jesse McCree, and World of Warcraft designer Jonathan LeCraft. Kotick himself has pledged to clean house in the past two months. “We will not just terminate employees where appropriate, but we’ll also terminate any manager or leader found to have impeded the integrity of our processes for evaluating claims and imposing appropriate consequences,” he said. Blizzard has changed some in-game references to former employees such as Jesse McCree and Alex Afrasiabi. However, the company has done little to nothing to improve working conditions.