According to a report released by Dexerto, it seems that some employees of Activision Blizzard’s eSport division have left the company complaining about rather low morale and the impossibility of finding a dialogue with some key figures of the company.
In recent months, Kim Phan (Blizzard’s Global Direct eSport) left the company and so did Nate Nanzer, Commissioner of the Overwatch League, now employed by Epic Games. It seems that the number of dissatisfied workers is constantly increasing and many of them have already started to look for jobs elsewhere, always according to the Dexerto report which includes many high profile names not disclosed to safeguard their position.
The problem would apparently be sought in the behaviour of Pete Vlastelica, CEO of the eSport division, in Activision Blizzard since 2016 after a past in FOX Sports. A source close to the company said that ” Many managers do not understand eSport and there is no room for manoeuvre for any discussion, being convinced that their vision, close to that of television sports, is the right way to go to have success. “
In particular, it seems that Vlastelica is on course with the Overwatch and Call of Duty eSport teams, especially as regards the tournament management of the two games mentioned. It is not clear at the moment how many employees have left the company but Dexerto lets it be known that ” our list is very long, but we cannot make it public. “