Johanna Faries, who will lead the teams responsible for Warcraft, Overwatch, and Diablo as of February 5, will be the new president of Activision Blizzard. Her appointment comes at a delicate time for Activision, Blizzard, and Xbox, with nearly 2,000 layoffs and cancellations amid a massive restructuring happening this week.
Faries recognizes the challenges ahead in her official statement, expressing her excitement to join Blizzard and build on the momentum for the company’s next chapter. She is committed to respecting the dynamics and legacy of Blizzard, as well as cementing the company’s values and future vision. Faries’ previous experience in key areas for Blizzard’s growth makes her arrival significant, especially as the company navigates the future of its star saga.
Before joining Activision Blizzard, Faries worked in the NFL and was in charge of the Call of Duty saga. Her experience earned her recognitions, positioning her as one of the most notable people under 40 and one of the most influential women in the sports scene. However, her appointment has been followed by a restructuring of Activision’s eSports wing, raising questions about the future of competitive aspects within Blizzard games.
As Faries prepares to take over Blizzard’s leadership, the focus will be on the legacy of the company’s star franchises, such as Warcraft and World of Warcraft. Additionally, her role will involve making highly anticipated moves for the Xbox community, including the potential inclusion of Blizzard games in Game Pass.
Ultimately, the future of Blizzard’s sagas is in Faries’ hands, and her leadership will likely lead to significant surprises and advancements for the company.