Jennifer Oneal Ascends to EVP of Development at Blizzard Entertainment

GameIndustry.Biz recently posted the breaking news that Vicarious Visions had merged into Blizzard Entertainment. Now the former head of Vicarious Visions posted a message in Linkedin confirming the merge and her new position as executive vice-president of development at Blizzard Entertainment.

Her Linkedin profile displays she joined the EVP role in January 2021.


Vicarious Visions merged into Blizzard Entertainment

Jennifer: Many of you have seen the news about Vicarious Visions, and I want to share with you why I’m so excited and honored that we have merged into Blizzard Entertainment.

We’ve been collaborating with Blizzard for some time now, have built up a great relationship, been able to share our respective strengths and learn from each other along the way. It’s also become clear that we have an alignment in our values, particularly in the quality bars we set for ourselves and passion for making epic experiences—we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on!

Our team at VV is made up of roughly 200 talented developers who love Blizzard’s games and have always viewed them as an inspiration. Any time we think about the kind of developer we want to be and the level of skill and capability that we want to achieve, we point to Blizzard. 

In particular, we’ve always admired the amazing communities surrounding Blizzard’s games and the ways Blizzard has expressed great care for their players, from BlizzCon to their gameplay-first approach. At VV we are excited for the opportunity to serve that passionate community with epic games for years to come.

On a personal note, this transition brings me so much pride. I started my journey at VV 17 years ago, starting as an Associate Producer and working my way up to Studio Head. It has been my great joy to work with a team so committed to meeting our goals, facing challenges head-on, sparking creativity, and ultimately delivering great games to our players.

As I take on my new role of EVP of Development at Blizzard, my trusted right-hand Simon Ebejer will become VV’s new studio head. I want to thank Rob Kostich for being an amazing partner to me and the VV team at Activision over the years. To J. Allen Brack, thank you so much for this opportunity. I look forward to continuing to work closely with you and the Blizzard leadership team, and I know we’ll have a bright future together.

Source: Linkedin

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