Game Bits: Tim Hayden Leaves His Company To Start New Esports Venture, Another Activision Official Leaves Due To Sexual Harassment Scandal

Time Hayden Leaves Company To Start New Esports Venture

Co-founder of Stadia Ventures – an accelerator and venture firm focused on sports and esports – Tim Hayden announced that he is working on a new stealth venture in the sports and esports space, to be unveiled soon. Hayden revealed that he will no longer be involved in Stadia Ventures’ day-to-day operations as managing director as he concentrates on his new project.
Stadia Ventures will be led by Alex Chalmers, Brandon Janosky, and Joe Pimmel from now on, but Hayden will remain an investor.

Another Activision Official Resigns

Activision Blizzard Senior VP & Head of Leagues Johanna Faries is no longer overseeing the Call of Duty League and Overwatch League, according to sources. The leagues have been largely managed by Brandon Snow, who was quietly named Head of Activision Blizzard Esports in July.
Faries, who added the title of CDL GM in April, now concentrates almost exclusively on the development of the popular shooter franchise. SBJ sources report that Faries is well-liked and respected in both leagues and her absence has some on edge.
Ownership within the CDL and OWL have noticed a noticeable absence during their monthly meetings with Activision Blizzard brass. According to CDL insiders, Faries, who became the league’s head in October 2019, hasn’t spoken with personnel regarding the league’s business in a while.
During this weekend’s CDL championship in Los Angeles, an Activision rep told SBJ that Faries was unavailable to speak to the media. “Johanna will remain involved with the Call of Duty League since the game and its esports are connected,” said the rep. “The internal structure is designed to create more integration between esports and the franchise.
The leagues have been largely managed by Brandon Snow, who was quietly named Head of Activision Blizzard Esports in July. Activision Blizzard’s esports arm has been described as a place where people care about gaming, and he has been well received.

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