Former Blizzard Co-Head Jen Oneal States She Wasn’t Offered Equal Pay Until Leaving

Short­ly after a Wall Street Jour­nal report broke that detailed new alle­ga­tions sur­round­ing Activi­sion Bliz­zard’s CEO Bob­by Kotick, more infor­ma­tion emerged in regards to for­mer Bliz­zard co-head Jen­nifer Oneal.

Oneal recent­ly resigned after occu­py­ing a co-lead posi­tion with Mike Ybar­ra for three months, after for­mer Bliz­zard pres­i­dent J. Allen Brack depart­ed the com­pa­ny. Accord­ing to the Wall Street Jour­nal, part of the rea­son Oneal sud­den­ly left the com­pa­ny game down to the fact she was­n’t offered equal pay for the posi­tion. She was only offered an equal con­tract after she announced her departure.

Accord­ing to IGN–who has viewed inter­nal Bliz­zard mes­sages sent on the com­pa­nies Slack channel–Ybarra said that the two co-lead­ers did seek the same pay. How­ev­er, when they both accept­ed the new roles, they were still being paid accord­ing to their cur­rent contracts.

Oneal sent a let­ter to the Activi­sion Bliz­zard legal divi­sion one month after tak­ing the new posi­tion, where she made it clear she was being paid less than her coun­ter­part, stat­ing she had been “tok­enized, mar­gin­al­ized, and dis­crim­i­nat­ed against,” by the company.

To add to the con­ver­sa­tions viewed by IGN, Oneal wished to clar­i­fy more on the sit­u­a­tion, say­ing that when they went into the role, their pay “was not equivalent.”

It remained that way for some time well after we made mul­ti­ple reject­ed requests to change it to par­i­ty,” Oneal wrote. “While the com­pa­ny informed me before I ten­dered my res­ig­na­tion that they were work­ing on a new pro­pos­al, we were made equiv­a­lent offers only after I ten­dered that resignation.”

This is just anoth­er part of the sex­u­al harass­ment and dis­crim­i­na­tion saga that Activi­sion Bliz­zard has been going through. The lat­est scan­dal came after the WSJ released a report say­ing that Kotick was aware of the alle­ga­tions and inves­ti­ga­tions at var­i­ous Activi­sion Bliz­zard stu­dios, but failed to report it to the com­pa­ny’s board. 

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

Latest articles

Related articles

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here