they fired or quit ?
if fired, why?
The short version is that Blizzard North's original plan was to make Diablo 3 an MMO, but that conflicted with Blizzard HQ because they were hard at work on World of WarCraft, so Blizzard North was asked to make some changes. Rather than complying, they sent a letter to the president of Vivendi and said, "Either give us more say in the overall direction of the company, or we'll resign." The president of Vivendi shrewdly called their bluff and said, "In that case, I accept your resignations."
Basically, they talked themselves out of a job. They then went on to create Hellgate: London, which was a terrible game by all accounts, and none of the former heads of Blizzard North have really done anything notable since with the exception of the Schaefer Bros. who were lucky enough to hitch their wagon to Travis Baldree at Runic.
Shrewdly called their bluff? Mm, ditching people who made by far the most loved ARPG in the world, defs "shrewd". Might want to look up the definition of the word.
We're all well aware of why Hellgate: London failed. That's another thing you might want to lock up.
Wait, this is MountainMan - thought I had it on ignore, so the forums might make a little more sense. Solved. Back on track.
D3 isn't worth the money, in my opinion. Sure, it's playable, but it's not rewarding, it's not challenging, it's not thought-provoking, there's no character customization, there's no PvP, there's no social aspect to it whatsoever. If you particularly want to stay at home and earn 4$ an hour or less making money selling things on its Auction House (y'know, the thing that every droprate in the game is designed around) then it might be your cup of tea.