Bleeding hearts on this subject amuse me (looking at you, gamerunknown). I wonder if you have this much passion for shenanigans within the pharmaceutical / health care industries, which lead directly or indirectly to the death of thousands every year. It's so much easier to gripe about the (comparatively) handful of evil software industry layoffs though isn't it?Bottom line: Blizz is a video game company. If they're not doing so well during a given timeline, and project that they're not gonna recover from it, things deemed 'less integral' are gonna go on the chopping block. I do feel for the folks that lost their job, but let's not pretend like we're really surprised by such behaviour from a software corporation.
There's a few more shades of grey between harmful employee and accounting greed. No one here has or will ever see the facts behind each one of those 600 positions that were made redundant. It's unlikely any one employe,e even Morhaime himself, has a facts sheet on each individual decision.Blindly crying corporate greed is immature and does those making the decision and those on the receiving end of the decision a disservice.If you had even the slightest bit of knowledge concerning the current and historical state of the industry Blizzard is a pretty far outlier in this respect. Most game studios either implode or get dissected after they make a single game.
I've stated before that this behaviour is unsurprising, but it's not something I want to contribute to. I'm doing what an informed consumer is supposed to do when they disagree with the practices of a business, stop consuming their product. I honestly have no idea what you're referring to with the "pharmaceutical industry" thread there. This is totally independent of their projected profit. The recession and player subs had little impact on their profits, the possible exception being during the third quarter of last year. At the average national wage for a full-time employee in the US, one fourth of the profits they made during the final quarter of last year could have paid all of the 600 employees for one year.
It worries me that Game Masters (Crackerjack) are being laid off. I wonder if their CSR dept took a hit as well?
Ok let's first use some common sense here, if they laid off all these people at once they'd have functioning issues and that's not accounting for the whole 30-90day notice as generally needed by law in some states and counties. They have to lay them off in sets to make sure things are going to function in a stable manner. Likely what's happened is the last set of employees are about to be let go, mind you none of these are folks from development so that means dept. like marketing, accounting, customer service, website maintenance, web design, etc. there's literally dozens of dept.s people could be laid off from. With a company that big that means there's excess "fat" either people not performing consistently over a long haul, redundant positions or services, the list goes on...So like just about EVERY COMPANY CURRENTLY they are looking for the lowest performances or least consistent performances. Posting things about their profits don't mean a thing given that $99mil profit is actually horrible for a Multiple Billion dollar company. Actually it means they aren't meeting their quotas and market values, so that in turn means production hurts and us the gamers suffer for our own foolishness.It's a terrible thing to be laid off in this economy, but it's happening all over folks. Hope those people find a new job, but to help stop things like that is to oh wait SUPPORT THE COMPANY.
I've experienced being made redundant and it really sucks. I guess I can only say that I hope that those affected can recover as quickly as possible and find something.
Something that caught my eye in the financial report that was linked was this
So, I wasn't going to post at first, but after reading gamerun's posts, I think I will post. Gamerun, would you continue to pay 600 people if you had, say, 60 people that were doing the same things as those 600? Technology changes dude, so things like that can happen where changing tech makes jobs obsolete or otherwise unneeded. Would you keep people employed when you don't have a job for them to do? Employment by its very definition doesn't allow someone to not have a job. Therefore, you'd be giving that person money for nothing. Anyway, I get that you're into that whole 1% vs. 99% thing, but whether Blizzard is greedy or not (which I just proved they aren't), America is a capitalism, and capitalism is based on greed. As to those who were laid off, I feel for you and hope you all the best in future endeavors.
Gamer, have you ever been laid off?