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Blizzard's Shifting Tides: Johanna Faries Takes the Helm, Matt Cox Steps Up, and the Games Go On

In the ever-changing landscape of the gaming industry, leadership transitions are like potions in an RPG—sometimes they bring a boost, other times the...

Levi Winslow Jan 29, 2024
Blizzard's Shifting Tides: Johanna Faries Takes the Helm, Matt Cox Steps Up, and the Games Go On


In the ever-changing landscape of the gaming industry, leadership transitions are like potions in an RPG—sometimes they bring a boost, other times they're a mixed bag. Last week, Blizzard bid farewell to Mike Ybarra, its former president, and now, a new captain steps up to steer the ship. Johanna Faries, the General Manager of Call of Duty, takes on the colossal responsibility of overseeing Diablo 4, World of Warcraft, and more. But fear not, fellow adventurers, for the Blizzard saga continues!

The Winds of Change:
As the mighty Blizzard was consumed by the Microsoft behemoth in a jaw-dropping $68 billion deal, it was clear that turbulence was on the horizon. With the acquisition came a wave of transformations, leaving no stone unturned. Recent layoffs shook the company to its core, and amidst the chaos, Ybarra gracefully stepped down on a fateful Thursday, January 25. But wait, there's more—enter Johanna Faries, the chosen one.

Rise of the New Leader:
With a swish of her digital sword, Faries ascends to the throne, donning the mantle of Blizzard's guardian angel. Having joined Activision in 2018 as the head of Call of Duty esports, she proved her mettle and swiftly rose to the rank of General Manager in August 2021. Faries took to Twitter to share her delight and slight trepidation, recognizing the weight of Blizzard's legacy and her role in shaping its future.

The Bittersweet Symphony:
Faries' announcement on Twitter carried a melody of mixed emotions, like a haunting tune echoing through the halls of Blizzard. She expressed her admiration for Blizzard's storied past and the immense excitement she felt about the company's next chapter. Yet, she acknowledged the loss of talented comrades in recent days, an emotional tug-of-war that shadowed her arrival. With a heart full of hope, Faries pledged to nurture Blizzard's games and communities, honoring the legacy of greatness and creativity that defines the company.

A New Hero Emerges:
But wait, there's more! As Faries embarks on her new quest, a void is left in the realm of Call of Duty. Fear not, for a worthy successor has been anointed. Matt Cox, a battle-hardened veteran who has fought alongside Guitar Hero, Skylanders, Destiny, and Call of Duty, now steps into the role of SVP and General Manager of Call of Duty. Cox's expertise and experience will ensure that the Call of Duty franchise continues to flourish, bringing us epic battles and heart-pounding adventures.

The Journey Continues:
As the curtain falls on one act, another begins. The Blizzard saga marches on, and we, the players, eagerly await the next installment. Will Diablo 4 rise from the ashes like a phoenix? Will World of Warcraft conquer new frontiers? Only time will unveil the answers to these burning questions. In the meantime, let us explore the realms of Diablo 4, discovering new builds and honing our skills. Let us venture into the vast world of World of Warcraft, armed with the best addons and an insatiable thirst for adventure.


Dear gamers, the winds of change have blown through Blizzard, leaving us with a new leader at the helm. Johanna Faries takes up the mantle, guiding Diablo 4, World of Warcraft, and other beloved titles into the future. Alongside her, Matt Cox steps into the role of SVP and General Manager of Call of Duty, ensuring the franchise's continued success. As we embark on new quests and face formidable foes, let us remember that the spirit of Blizzard lives on. Raise your weapons, fellow adventurers, for the journey continues and greatness awaits!