Flurry of Blizzard Departures

A post on Kotaku takes a look at Blizzard's plans for BlizzCon 2019. This is coming after a lot of bad publicity for the company that stretches back to last BlizzCon, and they recap the layoffs, protests, and more that have cost the company much of the goodwill they had generated over the years. They also reveal the company has suffered additional low-key, high-profile departures in the last year: "What hasn’t yet been reported is that a number of veteran Blizzard developers departed in the wake of those cancelations, including Dustin Browder, formerly director of Heroes of the Storm and lead designer of StarCraft II, Eric Dodds, formerly director of Hearthstone, and Jason Chayes, formerly production director of Hearthstone." Blizzard gave them the following statement about their plans for the convention:
BlizzCon has always been a place where we celebrate the passion and diversity of the Blizzard community, where we encourage and support the many creative and thoughtful ways attendees share and reflect their views and interests—and this year will be no different. We welcome open, constructive, and civil discussion of different perspectives at the show, and we do still plan to have fan Q&A at certain panels as we normally do.

The safety and security of our attendees is and has always been a top priority, and every year we iterate with new measures to bring our event even more up-to-date while doing everything we can to create a comfortable environment for everyone.

Everyone at Blizzard has been working very hard in the lead-up to BlizzCon. We appreciate all of the interest in learning about our potential plans for the show—we know we’re fortunate that people care enough about our games to actively seek out the latest details—and we’re all very much looking forward to seeing everyone and sharing our latest news.
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Re: Flurry of Blizzard Departures
Oct 30, 2019, 17:35
Kxmode
 
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Oct 30, 2019, 17:35
 Kxmode
 
SunnyD wrote on Oct 30, 2019, 02:52:
Cram wrote on Oct 29, 2019, 16:02:
Creston wrote on Oct 29, 2019, 13:31:
Abandon ship! All hands, abandon ship!

God damn it Kelsey Grammer!

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Oct 30, 2019, 09:43
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Oct 30, 2019, 09:43
 
Yeah, well we will see after this BlizzCon. Sequel to Overwatch boring, sequel to Diablo boring, remasters. I mean, they pretty much resemble a better version of Zynga to me at this point. I'm sure there are plenty of adept people over there that could be working on something unique and someone over there is saying "no time for creativity just work on our core IP products!" bleh
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Oct 30, 2019, 02:52
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Oct 30, 2019, 02:52
 
Cram wrote on Oct 29, 2019, 16:02:
Creston wrote on Oct 29, 2019, 13:31:
Abandon ship! All hands, abandon ship!

God damn it Kelsey Grammer!

What's a couple'a clipped nacelles amongst friends?

~Finis~
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Oct 30, 2019, 00:01
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Oct 30, 2019, 00:01
 
heroin wrote on Oct 29, 2019, 17:25:
If Blizz hadn't sat on the biggest lottery ticket in the history of humankind for the last 15 years; they'd done shuttered by now. Not enough new games, not enough innovation... what the hell are they doing? Just been working on "classic" remasters for the past 5 years. I sorta can't wait to see em fall.
I think we all have enough time to reflect back on long term game production and the results are not good. You will have teams that will pop out of nowhere and do very good for a period of time, but age, money, burnout hits game developers and you simply can't replace a top talent with a replacement and expect the same things to continue. IMO this industry has proven you cannot simply hand down a proven IP and have newcomers carry the torch, there is too much personal touches in code/design/results that simply doesn't carry over to other people. So with that there will be rises and falls in this sector until a new plateau is reached.
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Oct 29, 2019, 22:47
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Oct 29, 2019, 22:47
 
It is almost like working in one of Bobby’s diddle factories isn’t a dream job...
I'm like the man who single-handedly built the rocket and went to the moon. What was his name? Apollo Creed?
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Re: Flurry of Blizzard Departures
Oct 29, 2019, 19:13
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Oct 29, 2019, 19:13
 
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes Blizzard.
Bethesda are dangerously dancing around that line as we speak.
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Re: Flurry of Blizzard Departures
Oct 29, 2019, 17:25
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Oct 29, 2019, 17:25
 
If Blizz hadn't sat on the biggest lottery ticket in the history of humankind for the last 15 years; they'd done shuttered by now. Not enough new games, not enough innovation... what the hell are they doing? Just been working on "classic" remasters for the past 5 years. I sorta can't wait to see em fall.
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Oct 29, 2019, 16:02
Cram
 
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Oct 29, 2019, 16:02
 Cram
 
Creston wrote on Oct 29, 2019, 13:31:
Abandon ship! All hands, abandon ship!

God damn it Kelsey Grammer!
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Oct 29, 2019, 16:02
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Oct 29, 2019, 16:02
 
To all those Accounts and Forum handlers that Blizzard silenced over the years, I'd like for us to all gather here together, in a moment of utter loudness, a battle warcry, to say:

That's Karma.

aren't you grateful, Blizzard?
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Oct 29, 2019, 16:02
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Oct 29, 2019, 16:02
 
HoSpanky wrote on Oct 29, 2019, 13:06:
Primalchrome wrote on Oct 29, 2019, 11:34:
Darks wrote on Oct 29, 2019, 10:57:
Blizz was a great company up until they sold out to Activision,
I think they went from being an artistic gaming company to a purely corporate enterprise when they merged with Vivendi a few years before. Almost every single title and expansion they have developed from that point forward felt like a bland cash grab aimed at the lowest common denominator. Nix that....I had my dates wrong. It was 2008 when they merged with Activision. They already had SCII and BC pretty fleshed out....but from that point forward... ugh.

I'd agree with that, aside from the WoW Legion expansion. Holy shit, it was so good, it felt like Blizzard maybe was coming back. Also, HOTS is pretty fun, but clearly their surprisingly generous F2P setup doesn't generate the money their Activision overlords want.

Having 2 teams work on the same game does not seem to work out very well for blizzard in regards to wow expansions.
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Oct 29, 2019, 14:48
Kxmode
 
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Oct 29, 2019, 14:48
 Kxmode
 
Creston wrote on Oct 29, 2019, 13:31:
Abandon ship! All hands, abandon ship!

Saucer separation freak out!
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Re: Flurry of Blizzard Departures
Oct 29, 2019, 14:42
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Oct 29, 2019, 14:42
 Cutter
 
The safety and security of our attendees is and has always been a top priority

Fucking liars. They've already clearly demonstrated beyond any doubt that they're all about profits before people. Only shitheels support this company.

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Abandon ship! All hands, abandon ship!
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Oct 29, 2019, 13:25
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Oct 29, 2019, 13:25
 
In addition of fuck Konami... from now on, fuck Blizzard too...
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Re: Flurry of Blizzard Departures
Oct 29, 2019, 13:06
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Primalchrome wrote on Oct 29, 2019, 11:34:
Darks wrote on Oct 29, 2019, 10:57:
Blizz was a great company up until they sold out to Activision,
I think they went from being an artistic gaming company to a purely corporate enterprise when they merged with Vivendi a few years before. Almost every single title and expansion they have developed from that point forward felt like a bland cash grab aimed at the lowest common denominator. Nix that....I had my dates wrong. It was 2008 when they merged with Activision. They already had SCII and BC pretty fleshed out....but from that point forward... ugh.

I'd agree with that, aside from the WoW Legion expansion. Holy shit, it was so good, it felt like Blizzard maybe was coming back. Also, HOTS is pretty fun, but clearly their surprisingly generous F2P setup doesn't generate the money their Activision overlords want.
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Oct 29, 2019, 12:55
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Oct 29, 2019, 12:55
 Verno
 
HOTS and Starcraft weren't meeting revenue expectations apparently and those teams got downsized. Not sure about Hearthstone. Anyways its a shame but BlizzCon is coming and I bet they will turn it around.
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Oct 29, 2019, 11:34
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Darks wrote on Oct 29, 2019, 10:57:
Blizz was a great company up until they sold out to Activision,
I think they went from being an artistic gaming company to a purely corporate enterprise when they merged with Vivendi a few years before. Almost every single title and expansion they have developed from that point forward felt like a bland cash grab aimed at the lowest common denominator. Nix that....I had my dates wrong. It was 2008 when they merged with Activision. They already had SCII and BC pretty fleshed out....but from that point forward... ugh.

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Oct 29, 2019, 11:32
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Oct 29, 2019, 11:32
 
They pretty much sealed their fate with the China debacle. Going to take a lot for them to get back into gamers graces
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Oct 29, 2019, 10:57
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Oct 29, 2019, 10:57
 Darks
 
Rats fleeing the sinking ship. Blizz has only themselves to blame for this debacle.

Blizz was a great company up until they sold out to Activision, I still cant wrap my arms around that decision when money was not a concern with all the money WOW was generating for them.

Sad times for gaming when Bioware and Blizz are no longer the top dogs.
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Oct 29, 2019, 10:57
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We welcome open, constructive, and civil discussion of different perspectives at the show

You haven't earned the right to say those words, Blizzard.
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