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2-29-2012 @ 12:53PM
ITS THE END OF THE WORLD! (of warcraft)
2-29-2012 @ 12:57PM
And I feel fine...
Sorry, I'm pretty sure you're joking, but let me just get this right up there:No. It's not. They even made it a point to say WoW's development team isn't part of this.
2-29-2012 @ 1:06PM
Yeah - it sounds like they may have gotten bloated on the management and support front (always a constant threat with booming companies). Typically, companies can do what they do with less people, and do it faster and more efficiently... if they identify the proper procedures and cut out sill policies and red tape./Industrial Engineer'd
2-29-2012 @ 1:07PM
@Adam: Yes, anyone with a bit of rationale understands that, but, now is the time to kick back, and let the doomsayers scream their tinfoil hat theories.
2-29-2012 @ 1:14PM
No, it's not the end of the world. It's not even the end of Warcraft. It's no joke though. 600 jobs is 600 jobs. They can spin it any way they want. Chances are, if they didn't lose almost 2m subs in the past 18 months or so, this wouldn't be happening. @skyShow some respect for the people that did lose their jobs.
2-29-2012 @ 1:29PM
@slim1256 - That seems to be the typical way of looking things in the corporate world, but I think just the opposite is true. Companies frequently decide they can do what they need to do with fewer people so they can squeeze out more profits, but that's often a mistake. The truth is, most corporations are trying to do too much with too few resources. Quality inevitably suffers. Well, that and the mental health of the employees who remain and are continuously pressured to work harder, faster and longer. I'm not saying that's what's happening with Blizzard — I have no idea what their particular situation is — but this trend of corporate downsizing has not generally been a good thing for most of the people affected, including consumers.
2-29-2012 @ 1:34PM
"Mostly non-development" means some development too. We don't know exactly what happened to whom. Mass layoffs are mass layoffs. It was a big enough deal for them to put 2 blue posts about it. Like I said, it's not the end of anything, but it is concerning. And it's definitely concerning to those involved. Including the bosses that had to tell their coworkers the news.
2-29-2012 @ 1:38PM
Expect more trimming down. Blizzard is just synergizing with Activision.
2-29-2012 @ 1:57PM
@AdamThe devs are fine.This just affects all my friends here in Austin who work at the Blizzard call center.Damn.
2-29-2012 @ 2:16PM
600 people lose their jobs, monthly income, ability to pay bills, and overall life stability and the people here are mostly concerned about whether the game's release date will be pushed back.Shameful.Let's keep our eyes on the ball here, those 600 people could have been any one of us. "Mostly non-development" means support staff. I'd bet a lot of support staff began just like you and me: passionate about a game they were attached to. It isn't all just about "zomg where's mah game?!"
2-29-2012 @ 2:57PM
I expect this to mostly be:- Redundancies with Activision.- Support persons that became unnecessary with the 15% smaller WoW player base.
2-29-2012 @ 3:09PM
Maybe I'm being naive here, but I honestly thought this would never happen at blizzard. I guess those lost subs are having an impact.
2-29-2012 @ 3:14PM
Really not surprising considering the subscription numbers. Blizzard has lost at least 2 million subscribers, that is a lot less tech support needed.Best wishes to those who lost their jobs.
2-29-2012 @ 3:20PM
@dmberrethSupport staff truly are "the rest of us". Star Tek has a call center here in Decatur, IL (Star Tek) that just had a mass layoff of 350 people. They provided phone support for AT&T, Verizon and others. You're right - it is about the people, not about the game release timetable. Actually, I know Mr. Morhaime had to mention those things, as it was relevant to the business.I think people should focus on what matters most ... so, Grab Your Sword and Fight the Horde!
2-29-2012 @ 3:31PM
They may have been unnecessary for years big company's often make cuts to there work force when they realize they have been paying them for nothing.Doesn't mean its good that people lost there jobs, that still sucks. But this is nothing new tbh.Also remember in November when we got those mass layoff rumors? This could very well be that cause these cuts were in there Q1 report.http://wow.joystiq.com/2011/11/08/rumored-mass-layoffs-at-blizzard-never-happened/Though the same thing happened in 2008 http://ocbiz.ocregister.com/2008/09/11/more-layoffs-at-blizzard-activision-but-none-affect-irvine-co/In 2010 they reshuffled and laid off people as well.
2-29-2012 @ 3:32PM
Here's hoping a lifetime subscription is part of the severance package. That would brighten my day a little, at least.
2-29-2012 @ 3:35PM
Eh they cut unnecessary people every year this really isn't anything new and they weren't only Blizzard employes Activision cut some to. Though remember the mass layoff rumor in November? this is probably that.These cuts were in the Q1 financial report.
2-29-2012 @ 3:37PM
double posts ftl
2-29-2012 @ 3:41PM
One thing Blizzard needs to do is cut GM staff. If you don't have to wait for a GM response, there's too many of them- oh, wait...In any event, companies do this from time to time. CCP Games just did it, too. It sucks for the people who got let go, especially in this job climate, but it's (usually) better for the company overall (and that's what really matters, here, not whether or not Bob or Jane can feed their kids tonight).
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