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01-03-2012, 11:51 AM #1
600 Redundancies at Blizzard
About sixty redundancies to directly hit development teams; vast majority of cuts to affect other departments.
World of Warcraft house Blizzard Entertainment is to begin a global downsizing operation that will result in 600 job losses.
The company claims that about sixty of these redundancies will come directly from game development, while the majority of redundancies will impact on other areas of the business such as customer support.
Existing development and publishing schedules will not be affected, Blizzard said.
The mass redundancies come as Blizzard exhausts huge resources to retain World of Warcraft’s gigantic yet gradually declining subscriber numbers.
“Constant evaluation of teams and processes is necessary for the long-term health of any business, said Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime.
He said Blizzard and the industry have needed to evolve in current times, as masses of audiences turn to free-to-play MMOs.
Well, this is interesting.
01-03-2012, 11:52 AM #2
Why don't they just do it like Bioware and let 600 people develop DLC? That would be so cool.
01-03-2012, 12:06 PM #3
As for Blizzard's redundancies - I'm quite surprised. I'm not sure where all of those 540 are from (some departments have been mentioned/hinted at) but a reduction in customer support? Really? With Diablo 3 on the horizon, Titan in the works and Starcraft 2's expansions/expandalones/WHATEVER coming out? Jeez. Blizzard's CS wasn't perfect, but cutting back is not going to help matters.
01-03-2012, 12:08 PM #4
01-03-2012, 12:10 PM #5
60 people from development is STILL a lot of people.
01-03-2012, 12:14 PM #6
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01-03-2012, 12:26 PM #9
Eh? Hope the effected have luck getting jobs, they can start a indie development studio and surf off the dying (but still epic) wave of Blizzard's popularity.I'm failing to writing a blog, specifically about playing games the wrong way
01-03-2012, 12:45 PM #10
The law of diminishing returns had to catch up with WoW sooner or later. Blizzard are doing the smart thing and applying efficiency measures before their size becomes a liability, I wouldn't be surprised if this was part of a whole wave of restructuring.
01-03-2012, 01:52 PM #11
Unfortunate. Hopefully as titan progresses there will be opportunities to take some of those people back on.
01-03-2012, 02:01 PM #12
Actually I have been deeply saddened by such common business practice of the gaming industry for a long time. Jobs are all project based. For a project to be concluded, there are always people to be laid off. In this case, obviously I am referring to Diablo 3. Even if you want to justify this by economic rationality, by organizing a firm you essential replace some of the market mechanism within production procedures by the firm's decision. How can you say you want to save cost then you fire those who have contributed to your profitability, and may not be incapable to generate enough marginal value just for the moment?
Capitalism is no excuse. Those entrepreneurs are just cheap. If you want to downsize after project conclusion, dont hire people, just outsource your tasks. If you want one night stand, go find hookers, and you deserve to be lonely when you are old.
01-03-2012, 06:39 PM #13
What the fuck. People, get something straight here: In NO way, is ANY business forced to keep you in their team. You exist solely to further enhance their winnings. Thats what companies are for. (to greaten the benefit) Whatever benefits you think its supposed to give you, those are the only ones. any others are just lies. Im not being cynical, that is the only reason companies exist. Because if it werent, they would have to keep you indefinitely, just to "keep true to themselves". which is silly and stupid.
Im a businessman, I intend for anyone I ever employ to know that I am only obligated to keep their services as is stipulated in their contract, and I will get other employees, because I cant imagine anyone wanting to stay at the same position for all times, and I will help them on their way. That being said, I wont just fire people over "OMG THE INTENDED PROFITS R DOWN, MUST BE TEH PEOPLEZ", but I honestly am not bound to anyone but myself. As it should be for everyone.
01-03-2012, 09:22 PM #14
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01-03-2012, 10:24 PM #16
They might be streamlining and stuff, but *600* jobs? That's a massive amount of people.
01-03-2012, 10:25 PM #17
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01-03-2012, 10:33 PM #18
Yes, they have lots of money. That still doesn't mean they are any less of a business than Tesco.
01-03-2012, 10:39 PM #19
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Blizzard expanded very aggressively with WoW, and created 1000s of jobs in the process. But even they understand it was a weird phenomenon that they can't recapture.
01-03-2012, 11:18 PM #20