What a shame. For some of those people, working at Blizz was probably a dream job. If that had been me, I'd have left in tears.Good luck to them in future, and at least they have some imba experience to put on their resumes.
Best of luck to those affected by the layoff.
to make more money for themself.. that's life for ya.
Meanwhile, some exec just granted himself an X million dollar bonus for this quarter, where X million is more than the 600 salaries the company "saved" from its long term financial obligations.For a company with phenomenal cash flow, this is insulting to its employees -- the majority of whom were already at below-market salaries due to the "bonus" of "having the privilege" to work at such a "high profile" company. It lowers the morale of the remaining employees, and increases their stress level at work -- the same amount of tasks still need to be done, and now there's the threat of the stick if performance doesn't satisfy arbitrary metrics.Even as an ATVI shareholder this move leaves a bad taste in my mouth.Good luck to all the people who got laid off, good luck to the staff who remain. You all are responsible for some great products, however pissed off us users sound at specific features.... and if anyone lost a job as a sysadmin or network admin, and need a gig for short or medium term, feel free to contact me. This username is easy enough to find on the internet.
Best of luck to those who got laid off, may you find a new job soon and hopefully better than your old oneGuess all those profits are being used for something else
Unless someone has a factual, verifiable understanding of the full context within which this -- any, really -- decision to layoff 600 people was made, they're doing little more than showing their ignorance in the various whining and ranting comments that I've read so far.It began with the person who wrote that they'd cancelled their subscription, with that statement linking to a 4Q statement about Blizzard-Activision revenue & profits. That's certainly a relevant piece of information to consider but... is it the only piece? Is it even the most significant piece?Well, to the original poster of that link it appears to be but... who among us actually knows the full context? I'm confident that anyone who actually knows the full context isn't posting here. It's likely that even if some here are among those employees who were laid-off, they also don't know the full context.Frankly, I think the moderator of this thread is being far more generous than is appropriate. It's fine for people to have an opinion. It's not fine when they forget that their opinion is just an opinion. Facts and context are king, and the person who provides those when sharing an opinion has shared something worth taking the time to read.So as a general statement about many of the comments in this thread: If you don't know the facts and context, then remind yourself of that before you post. Just because you're not embarrassed by your ignorance doesn't mean you shouldn't be.
After reading as much info that has been provide so far...I really think more info is needed in the coming days as to where in the their global network and what types of jobs these are, that are being layoff to better assess the damage. As of this point..it does appear to be a cosmetic move to reinvigorate interest in their stock in hopes of raising revenues that have been lost in overall sales. The numbers must be pretty depressing. A typical business move, when your a public holding company. The human element becomes the casualty in the war of numbers.Just want to add that seeing the stock made zero movement after the announcement that is usually seen in a positive light by investors, that a company is streamlining excess to raise profits, tells me that this news was unexpected. Large investors usually have a heads up on such matters. Also looking at the inside trading for Feb, I noticed Officers and directors dumping large shares. Not a good sign at all. It will be interesting to see how things go in the coming days. There may be further cuts in the coming future.
Just sell more mounts in the pet store. Plenty of idiots buy them. Keep your employees. haha
Are the servers offline? No.Is your gear, levels, etc. gone? No.Are there still raids, dungeons, quests? Yes.Ok - sucks that Bliz laid off ppl. If I got laid off, I'd be thinking "How am I going to find a job to support my family? Where do I apply for unemployment? Do I have savings ready to tap into?" not "Curse those ppl that run an MMO" I'd venture to say that 99.9% of us are not shareholders and therefore have no say in operations. Yes, we can kill a subscription but does that help things? No. All it does is get their subscriber numbers lower and causes loses which in turn causes more layoffs.I suggest that perhaps a "Hear our complaints" type of message be created by the subscriber base that has one unified voice. No one is going to take seriously 1 or 2 people that says "In Raid Finder, this is stupid" but if you get a group of say 10,000 or 100,000 subscribers that say "Here's our complaints and we're not enjoying being a paid subscriber anymore because of them" then someone will sit up and take notice.Sitting on a discussion forum, &*!@#ing and saying that Bliz sucks is not going to change the world. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT and make them listen.
I don't understand why people are taking this to such extremes. It's sad when any company has to make layoffs; however, it's part of business. Sales go up or down, demand goes up or down, you tend to hire/layoff. You can't expect any company to keep all the employees' they needed when they were at their peak when the sales start slacking a bit, or the demand has fallen. If one day half of everyone decided to stop contacting Customer Support because they no longer needed to for whatever reason, do you think they'd still keep all of their Customer Support staff? If they did, that wouldn't be smart from a business stand point.Frankly, I'm surprised it took this long, most companies in the nation (possibly even the world) have laid off some employees. We're in a recession. That recession still hits entertainment industries as well, not just other industries.Blizzard, at the moment, is making a smart business move here by laying off unnecessary employees, one's they can live without right now. When the economy rebounds, or when demand increases, they'll likely hire some back or start recruiting again. Again, all part of business.
I sincerely hope that people who are has to go get back on their feet asap. Been through this myself. I hope they're getting som nice severancepackages though.Just get back on that Sea-turtle!
i feel bad for being happy about release date on D3 on this news lol
As long as GM service stays as good as it has been, I'm not worried.