Activision Blizzard Q4 2018 Earnings Call and Layoffs

Message from J. Allen Brack
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Blizzard Community…

Over the past few months, I’ve met with many people throughout Blizzard, talking about how we create our future. One thing that remains constant: we are committed to creating epic games and entertainment experiences.

Our development pipeline is strong, and we have the largest lineup of games that we’ve ever had. At the same time, Blizzard tries to have a level of craftsmanship and excellence in all that we do. Maintaining those standards as we continue expanding these worlds takes both time and talented developers.

With that in mind, we have plans to add to game development. We are dedicated to bringing you more content across existing game franchises and bringing our unannounced projects to life. Esports and the Overwatch League are also important priorities, and we will continue to produce great competitive content.

To better support these priorities, we need to reorganize some of our non-development teams. As a result, we will be reducing the number of non-development positions in North America and anticipate a related process in our regional offices over the coming months subject to local requirements. This was an extremely difficult decision, and we want to acknowledge the effort of everyone who has contributed to Blizzard. To assist with the transition, we are offering each impacted employee a severance package that includes additional pay, benefits continuation, and career and recruiting support to help them find their next opportunity. These people are members of the Blizzard family—they’ve cared deeply and contributed greatly to our work here and we are extremely grateful for all they’ve done.

As difficult as some of these organizational changes are, I am confident in Blizzard’s future and we will continue working hard to live up to not only our mission, but your expectations. We look forward to sharing everything with you when it’s ready.

J. Allen Brack
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Comments 326 Comments
  1. Kaver's Avatar
    Why can't they just admit that the games have lacked quality lately...
  1. Shambulanced's Avatar
    Classic to watch the MUH FREE MARKET CAPITALISM bois come out to defend POOR BIG BUSINESS and "that's just standard practice, broh"
  1. prolific1's Avatar
    Please advise.

    Quote Originally Posted by prolific1 View Post
    If you played from Vanilla through Lich King, haven't played since, and are considering coming back for the Vanilla/Classic re-release -- would any of this put pause on that? It's been hard to follow along. From mostly what I've read, Classic will continue to be developed and rolled out as scheduled and with proper backing?
  1. Muajin76's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Thage View Post
    The FFXIV team fired the decision makers and apologized for fuckin' up. SE and Nintendo remember what responsibility means.
    Squaresoft Japan takes their game failure seriously..unlike Blizzarvision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaver View Post
    Why can't they just admit that the games have lacked quality lately...
    Honesty is not in Blizzard's vocabulary since merging with Activision..
    It's not like they'd openly say *we apologize for the quality of our recent content and promise to make it our guarentee to improve the gaming experience for our customers* Instead you have an asshat saying that what they are pumping out is "epic" quality.
  1. Thage's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleccybubb View Post
    You know what the ironic part about this is?

    Activision back when it formed were former Atari devs who were sick of the way they were being treated by the higher ups because they weren't getting recognition for their work and even the CEO flat out disrespected them. Hell Activision was the first ever 3rd party game dev.

    Now how it's the big guys there treating the smaller ones like dirt so they can line their pockets. Activision of today is literally the same thing it wanted to get away from back then.
    "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." -- Overused Harvey Dent quote
  1. rhorle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Muajin76 View Post
    Honesty is not in Blizzard's vocabulary since merging with Activision..
    It's not like they'd openly say *we apologize for the quality of our recent content and promise to make it our guarentee to improve the gaming experience for our customers* Instead you have an asshat saying that what they are pumping out is "epic" quality.
    https://www.destructoid.com/blizzard...n-397543.phtml

    You were saying? But go ahead keep insulting people just because you are ignorant. It was also Morhaim who helped convince Kotick to go ahead with the merger. You keep blaming Activision while putting no blame on Blizzard. That isn't how things work.

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