Claire Hart, the Chief Legal Officer at Blizzard Entertainment, announced in a LinkedIn post on Monday that she left the company last week. Her departure comes amid a legal complaint filed against Activision Blizzard by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleging rampant gender discrimination and sexual harassment across the company. That lawsuit has in turn spurred a variety of new accusations against the company from investors and employees.
"After more than three years at Blizzard Entertainment, I have decided to move on to my next adventure. Friday was my last day," Hart said in public LinkedIn post on Monday. "The past three years have been full of unexpected twists and turns, but I feel honored to have worked with and met so many great people at Blizzard and across the Activision Blizzard businesses. I'll be taking a short break before making my next move. Stay tuned!"
According to her LinkedIn job description, Hart directed the global legal and public policy team for Blizzard Entertainment, Activision Blizzard, and Activision in APAC and China. She provided strategic guidance on legal issues, including employment, litigation, accessibility, and more. She worked for Blizzard Entertainment for just over 3 years.
Hart is the latest high-profile employee at Blizzard Entertainment to leave the company in the wake of the ever-increasing pile of legal complaints against the company. Blizzard President J. Allen Brack left the company in early August. A week later on August 11th, it was confirmed that the director of Diablo 4 Luis Barriga, Lead level designer Jesse McCree (Overwatch McCree's named sake), and World of Warcraft Designer Jonathon LeCraft were no longer with the company.
Hart leaves Blizzard in a high-pressure moment for the company. On Monday, it was confirmed by the Wall Street Journal that the Securities and Exchange Commission are now investigating Blizzard. That lawsuit joins the aforementioned Cali DFEH lawsuit, a class-action lawsuit from Activision Blizzard investors, and a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of employees alleging union-busting and employee intimidation.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.