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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  1. Nagrash's Avatar
    These comments are hilarious. Gah people are stupid


    edit; getting infracted for this but people wishing actual death upon Brack and others thats totally fine.
  1. Sunderella's Avatar
    Yeah yeah, Im sure the overlords at activision had a hard firing all those people.
  1. RichardRoe's Avatar
    What a dry and soulless statement. At what point are they going to start nurturing the Blizzard brand?
    It seems the fans relation to Blizzard has gone sour as of late and honestly I don't see them doing much to gain back any goodwill...
  1. Sting's Avatar
    You think you're still employed but you aren't.
  1. Deuse's Avatar
    "You think you want to keep your jobs, but you don't." - J. Allen Brack
  1. Socialhealer's Avatar
    should have bought shares in blizzard to keep their jobs.

    fire me? I'm a fucking shareholder! you obey my every whim scum!
  1. Sting's Avatar
    Brack can take that "development pipeline" and stick it where the sun doesn't shine.
  1. 420 NoScope's Avatar
    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.
    Unless they were a recent addition to the team right, like Alex Ackerman - https://twitter.com/alex_frostwolf/s...69859754758145

    Because of my newness to the team, I was also not offered much to land on and need to find a new job ASAP.
  1. Sinyc's Avatar
    This isn't just a Acti-Blizzard thing, many companies are trimming the fat. My advice, #LearnToCode. Seriously. It will soon be the most in demand skill. If you want to learn AI/ML, do that too.
  1. Beazy's Avatar
    when he says "Maintaining those standards" is he high on crack cocaine or PCP? Which one makes you hallucinate?
  1. Dystemper's Avatar
    All that translated to " We dont have anything planned for 2019. 2020 aint looking much better. dont count on Diablo 4 anytime soon. But hey Overwatch is doing good...what the fuck is Apex legends? Any way please continue to spend money on in game purchases ."
  1. rhorle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boomzy View Post
    What does this even mean? They didn't lay off PLUMBERS.
    It is a metaphor. You don't need 10 people to do one job even if your company is profitable. Restructuring shouldn't be ignored just because times are good.
  1. Boomzy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rhorle View Post
    It is a metaphor. You don't need 10 people to do one job even if your company is profitable. Restructuring shouldn't be ignored just because times are good.
    You are talking out of your ass. You don't even have any idea who the fuck they fired.
  1. Shambulanced's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by 420 NoScope View Post
    Unless they were a recent addition to the team right, like Alex Ackerman - https://twitter.com/alex_frostwolf/s...69859754758145
    Yeah that's quite sad.

    Meanwhile, let's give the new CFO a 15 mil sign-on bonus

    #JustCapitalismThings
  1. rhorle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shambulanced View Post
    You must work there, with your insider knowledge
    No. But I've worked for many companies that are bloated from top to bottom. And should have made cuts prior to being forced to.
  1. Boomzy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rhorle View Post
    No. But I've worked for many companies that are bloated from top to bottom. And should have made cuts prior to being forced to.
    So cut that 15 million dollar CFO sign on bonus.

    But no of course that is completely necessary.
  1. rhorle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boomzy View Post
    You are talking out of your ass. You don't even have any idea who the fuck they fired.
    Seriously. Are you on drugs? I am not saying they fired actual plumbers. They clearly laid off people they think they do not need. They clearly have restructured their company as a whole. You don't need to know the specific names and duties of each person fired in order to know what restructuring is and why it is needed even for profitable companies.

    You came in making a dumb comment and keep making them.
  1. Hitei's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boomzy View Post
    You are talking out of your ass. You don't even have any idea who the fuck they fired.
    We already know a lot of it was support staff like CMs, and that they didn't cut from development staff.
  1. rhorle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boomzy View Post
    So cut that 15 million dollar CFO sign on bonus. But no of course that is completely necessary.
    It certainly is an option. But like I said restructuring needs to happen even if you make a profit. I would use the great plumber example again but you clearly don't understand it. They also need to attract a good CFO and executives if they hope to keep running the company. Cutting pay and other things can often lead to a disaster for a company even if it seems greedy not to.

    Not everyone understands a business. It isn't as cut and dry.
  1. Aleksej89's Avatar
    No wonder that the big names which created blizzard have all abandoned it by now.
    The blizzard we all know and love since 1994 is DEAD...

    Now its some disgusting greedy parasite that is just wearing the shell of dead blizzard.
    If blizzard does not pull itself together in 2019/2020 it will not look good for its long term survival.

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