As of today I’m no longer an employee of @Blizzard_Ent. Wasn’t my choice. I wanted to retire here. I was just laid off from my dream job.Probably not best for me to tweet right now but it was an honor being your CM @Warcraft community. I love all of you.— Caden of the House House, First of his Name (@CadenHouse) February 12, 2019
As of today I’m no longer an employee of @Blizzard_Ent. Wasn’t my choice. I wanted to retire here. I was just laid off from my dream job.Probably not best for me to tweet right now but it was an honor being your CM @Warcraft community. I love all of you.
After 12 years of being under the Activision Blizzard umbrella, I am now a free agent. Both companies are getting a ton of shit, but I have worked with some of the best and most talented people in the business at both places. I wish them nothing but success. PR guy LFG.— Robert Taylor (@clipperrob) February 12, 2019
After 12 years of being under the Activision Blizzard umbrella, I am now a free agent. Both companies are getting a ton of shit, but I have worked with some of the best and most talented people in the business at both places. I wish them nothing but success. PR guy LFG.
This can be a good thing, business from time to time go through a org restructuring. Fingers crossed this will make them even better!
As kt would say it's just a minor setback but yeah hopefully for the effected one sits just short term.
So if the number of developers working on Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Overwatch, Warcraft, Hearthstone and Diablo will increase approximately 20% over the course of 2019, which games specifically will see the greatest personnel loss in the restructure, is there data?My heart goes out to those losing their jobs, it's terrible and I hope the company helps them relocate as much as possible (wishful thinking).
They should never let McKinsey into their finances, thats like having cancer.
so dev teams aren't affected directly so i guess it could have been much worsedon't get me wrong i don't like this either but it could have been worsesadly its the same wrong thinking as in other company's their more interested in their stocks then in their employees and customers ironically those who made the company great and what it is todayhopefully its only a temporary down but i fear it will get much worse in the future
Sad to see so many people being laid off.
This sucks for myself that still loves Starcraft and Heroes of the Storm but the staffing increase to Warcraft related games will make up for it as long as they do a good job.Really sucks for the people getting laid off but that's how it goes sometimes. Nothing you can do just the market will always have to change.
The only reason to fire 8% after the highest profits in history is because 2019/2020 looks BAD. Let's hope it isn't as dire as these actions would indicate.
Make good product: stocks go up, hire more people, develop new products/update existing ones.Focus becomes expanding portfolio and exploring new ideas.New products suck: stocks go down, fire redundant personnel, develop/update fewer products.Focus becomes improving existing portfolio and removing failed (or failing) product lines.Improved products attract more customers, increasing profits: stocks go up, hire more people, develop new products/update existing ones.Focus becomes expanding portfolio and exploring new ideas.Rinse. Repeat.As long as Blizzard maintains it's profitability, it's not going anywhere. Even with all the negative publicity over Diablo Immortal, Blizzard is still one of THE most recognisable names in the industry. Just like Nintendo, Sony, EA, and Bathesda.And on the plus side, having work experience at Blizz should look good on most resumes. Hopefully those that lost their jobs spend less time unpayed than those poor souls working for the US government.
So, I have a friend who works at Blizzard (he would have been part of these layoffs if he hadn't gotten hired in another department) and the basic meaning behind these is this:Diablo Immortal Backlash.They started to lay off employees a few weeks after the announcement at Blizzcon, actually. The backlash caused their stock to plummet, which made restructuring to save costs have to become a reality.The fact that the company itself is just now officially reporting it when it has been happening for a few months is astounding.
The company will fund this greater investment by de-prioritizing initiatives that are not meeting expectationsI wonder what those initiatives were?With them laying off Community Managers, will they go to a model of purely online customer service/no customer service?
"... record profits in 2018 ..." So yeah, let's just lay off couple hundred employees, because why not. All hail capitalism. :(Best of luck to all those affected.