Diablo® III

Message from Mike Morhaime

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Community Manager
Everyone,

We announced today that we’re in the process of cutting a number of active positions, mostly non-development, throughout the company. I'm sure this announcement has sparked some questions from all of you, so I want take this opportunity to address those as best I can. Over the past several years, the company has grown rapidly and evolved to better serve you and the rest of our global community. Thanks to all of your support, we continue to serve by far the biggest subscription-based MMO community, as well as the most passionate eSports and online gaming communities, in the world.

In order to keep making epic game content while serving players effectively, we have to be smart about how we manage our resources. This means we sometimes have to make difficult decisions about how to best maintain the health of the company. We’re in the process of making some of those hard decisions now.

After evaluating our current organizational needs, we determined that while some areas of our business had been operating at the right levels and could benefit from further growth, other areas had become overstaffed. As a result, we need to scale down some of our departments and part with some of our colleagues and friends here at Blizzard. I know that you all understand how difficult this type of situation can be for anyone who might be affected, so I want to assure you that we'll be offering each impacted employee a severance package and other benefits.

I also want to emphasize that we remain committed to shipping multiple games this year, and that our development teams in particular remain largely unaffected by today's announcement. We're continuing to develop, iterate, and polish Blizzard DOTA, Diablo III, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, as well as other, unannounced projects. We'll have exciting news to share in the coming weeks regarding Diablo III's release date, and will soon be holding a private media event to showcase the latest work on Mists of Pandaria. It goes without saying that we're working hard to get all of these games in your hands as soon as possible.

You've all come to expect Blizzard to live up to our mission statement with every game, and deliver the most epic entertainment experiences ever. You can continue to expect that and nothing less from us as we move forward.

-Mike Morhaime
So if those "developers" are unaffected, does that mean this just involves a trimming of community managers and game managers?
That's really sad.
Best wishes for those trying to find a new job. I'm sure the experience you have acquired while working at Blizz will be really helpful.

For all others, keep the games coming.
02/29/2012 09:31 AMPosted by Bashiok
We'll have exciting news to share in the coming weeks regarding Diablo III's release date


WOOOOOOOT!!!
02/29/2012 09:31 AMPosted by Bashiok
We'll have exciting news to share in the coming weeks regarding Diablo III's release date


Grrrreat......................
Supply and demand. Oh well, c'est la vie...
It's good to see that the company's overall progression has not been hampered. Take your time on the release date in order to produce a Blizzard worthy title.
Notice the terminology... "coming weeks".

This gives blizzard another month to announce release ... pushing release into June....
What a shame. I wish the best to those affected, and good luck in finding a new job soon.
So tragic. Rarely are layoffs a good sign, and even with this positive spin it's hard to not think this is the obvious "profits over people" type decisions that frequently get made in modern American-style business.

The sad thing it's generally short term profits too. Yeah Blizz, you're riding out a bad last year. You didn't release any games and subs dropped from WoW significantly, and you failed to capture many new paying customers with the silly "free to 20" deal. You'll do better this year, law of averages, regression to the mean, etc.

It's hard to not see this as something motivated primarily by the links to Activision also.
We'll have exciting news to share in the coming weeks regarding Diablo III's release date.


This is really getting ridiculous.

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Edited by Khadelas on 2/29/2012 9:50 AM PST
02/29/2012 09:46 AMPosted by D3BETA
We'll have exciting news to share in the coming weeks regarding Diablo III's release date


WOOOOOOOT!!!


02/29/2012 09:47 AMPosted by auduron
We'll have exciting news to share in the coming weeks regarding Diablo III's release date


Grrrreat......................


How naive can some people be...
Since when are company lay-offs a good sign?

-Mike Morhaime



its official
This is the hand of actvision merge
02/29/2012 09:49 AMPosted by Khadelas
We'll have exciting news to share in the coming weeks regarding Diablo III's release date.


This is really getting ridiculous.

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But he said *in the coming weeks*!!

It's totally different than when they said that two weeks ago, or two weeks before that! I'm sure we'll really get a release date in the coming weeks now!

It's probably coming out sooner than we think.
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