Blizzard Entertainment cuts 600 jobs

Feb 29, 2012
Blizzard Entertainment, publisher of "World of Warcraft" and other hit videogames, announced Wednesday that it is cutting 600 jobs.

Blizzard Entertainment, publisher of "World of Warcraft" and other hit videogames, announced Wednesday that it is cutting 600 jobs.

The Irvine, California-based Blizzard, a division of Activision Blizzard, said 90 percent of the affected employees would come from departments "not related to game development."

"The World of Warcraft development team will not be impacted," Blizzard said in a statement.

"Constant evaluation of teams and processes is necessary for the long-term health of any business," Blizzard chief executive Mike Morhaime said.

"Over the last several years, we've grown our organization tremendously and made large investments in our infrastructure in order to better serve our ," Morhaime said.

"However, as Blizzard and the industry have evolved we've also had to make some in order to address the changing needs of our company," he said.

Blizzard said the job cuts will not affect and release.

It said specific release plans for "Diablo III" will be announced in the near future and it is moving towards beta testing of ": Mists of Pandaria," "Blizzard DOTA," and "StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm."

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Lurker2358
not rated yet Feb 29, 2012
Good luck.

Team sucks, BTW.

Starcraft 2 campaign's dialogue and plot looked like something a 15 year old wrote over the weekend. Retconned half the original game's story.

Honestly, played 3rd party campaigns for broodwar that were better written than this, better executed, and better voice acted, considering the primitive tools available to the authors.
dweeb
not rated yet Feb 29, 2012
cutting instead of expanding into education simulation ?
Modernmystic
not rated yet Feb 29, 2012
Cata killed em...time for them to go away...
El_Nose
not rated yet Feb 29, 2012
What ever they probably just finished diablo 3 and the next WoW expansion and don;t need the contract labor anymore. They hire talent all the time but why keep high paiod professionals around when the project is over. They big them in get it done and let them go -- no hard feelings
Modernmystic
not rated yet Feb 29, 2012
Diablo 3 is gonna rock. I'm going to buy it. WoW is dead...like a gut shot deer they just don't know it yet....
Lurker2358
not rated yet Feb 29, 2012
It's pretty bad when the allegedly ubber gaming company must resort to stealing the ideas from their old game's fans in order to stay in business.

Blizzard hasn't made an original game since Starcraft, and even that was more of an update. The story and feel of the original was obviously a fluke that they cannot replicate at all.

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