hmmm. i am hardly a "nobody", and it's hardly up to you to decide on my qualifications
I never said you were a nobody. I'm just saying that what Blizzard is asking is of different qualifications and field of work than you do. I'm just going by what you said and going by what Blizzard is asking for.
If you really think you're qualified than I'm qualified too. You do analyst work but mine is more towards the realm of what Blizzard needs right now (game design, direction, etc). That is why I made the comment. Why do you feel that Blizzard needs what you are offering and why should that take precedence over someone who understands games and what people find fun? Because you have a degree and have worked on multimillion dollar projects and I haven't?
Blizzard said that they needed someone who shipped AAA games (various), have over 5 years relevant inside the game industry and someone who has at least a bachelors (but prefer more). That's who they are asking for. Neither me or you are it homie.
i know i've said i'm trough with posting in this thread and i'm expecting next answer from blizzard, but since you're only polite and seemingly knowledgeable person posting, i'll make an exception - after all it is saturday, so i have some spare time.
firstly, believe or not, i applied for a job several days ago, before whole 'jay incident', so i definitely don't look upon myself as a new lead developer, or even developer as such. my goal in submitting resume for job was chiefly to be taken more seriously.
secondly, i don't think my degree qualifies me as a designer (in fact, my personal
opinion is that none does). my job history was listed because everyone can start a project, but not everyone can finish it - so it is kind of proof of that ability. being a very analytical person (helpful if you're analyst, somewhat less when you're coordinator or consultant), i analyze game since it got out. i outlined many solutions to some degree already.
thirdly, game theory is a passion of mine (no formal education, though). i think i know quite a bit about it, and surely enough to fix some pressing matters in game. believe or not, most industry projects are similarly organized, and with similar problems.
fourthly, i believe that blizzard needs help for obvious reasons - game doesn't function well. why am i the person who can provide it? well, i believe that i am and furthermore i offer to do it for free - i cannot see any reason why should i be declined. i think i have experience and knowledge necessary for the task, and if i'm wrong, there is nothing easier than discarding report entirely.
fifthly, i believe that at least some people will follow with their own reports, but i'm not seeking any "developer fame" - fact is that i very rarely take any credit for participating in game-related projects (mods or maps, never full games). all my solutions are designed to be cost/time effective (both in cost and man-power), to minimize unavoidable testing time and to utilize existing used or unused resources, rather than creating need for additional work. furthermore, as i would do it for free, the competition is welcome. but i do believe that quality of my work will surpass others, and if not - even better.
sixthly, when i said my professional advice is to seek 3rd party help, i wasn't necessarily talked about myself - clearly blizzard internal solving doesn't function well enough, and community is many voices in discord (some of which completely wrong, but very loud) - so, some kind of mediating is needed. of course, it is easiest to do nothing but sit and wait and criticize and insult everyone on forums, but i'm not kind of person which minds getting "hands dirty" and doing some actual work for the game i love to play.
lastly, i never said that i'm better than you, or if you're qualified for job or not - i don't know you and cannot make such a claim. degree or job history have nothing to do with it (degree is even listed as 'plus' not necessity). i am sorry if i offended you, believe me i know something about how it feels, but it's another story....
if i get positive response from blizzard (no way i'm doing month or more data-crunching, mathematical modeling, etc without blizzard approval
), i can offer you to comment the report, or even participate with critique or suggestions or writing parts of it - if you prove worthy, you may be a coauthor (i already said i don't know you, so some caution is... necessary) - i already said that i don't seek fame.