This is the problem with the industry

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https ://kotaku.com/bobby-kotick-warm-and-fuzzy-defends-notorious-no-fun-5474949

Its old yes, but that guy is who he is. The downfall of Blizzard is on him and people like him in the video game industry.

I am not saying he is an awful person, or I'd trip him up if I saw him on the street. Nothing like that. Its just having a guy like him run a company in an artistically driven industry is like trying to use a hammer to type on a keyboard.

Yes Activ/Blizzard will push out some nice tight efficiency and make great margins on their products, but long term the company is going to get sick and die. All of the artists will move on. They want to love what they do. Thats part of the process of creating something great.

The end result will be Blizzard unable to produce anything new, and instead riding all of its old IP into the ground. Just like EA. Or, maybe more likely, producing garbage on mobile.
02/21/2019 09:40 AMPosted by Latest
I am not saying he is an awful person


No he is.

Anyone who is willing to sacrifice the lower end, to improve profits for the higher end is greedy, selfish, completely devoid of human empathy, and a parasite on humanity itself.
02/21/2019 10:07 AMPosted by GeminiEclips
No he is.


I mean he could be. I do not know enough about him personally to say as much.

I do know from what I read, he literally admits he does not play video games anymore.

In what world of stupid did anyone think it made sense to have a CEO of one of the greatest all time video gaming companies who doesnt even play video games.

That stupid is beyond the pale.

His lack of love for video gaming is oozing through Blizzards veins and infected all of their IPs. WoW was the first one I noticed right about the end of MoP.
He is the true Evil inside of Actiblizz... He is the Lord of Greed:

https://www.h3xed.com/pc-gaming/all-your-favorite-bobby-kotick-quotes-in-one-place
All hail capitalism. "Hail Capitalism! Hail Capitalism!"
What did you expect from (((Bobby Kotick))) lol
You poor complainy people. Sounds like some of you never had a job that consumes more time than the average 9 to 5'er. Not that I'm a Bobby K fan mind you, but when you're on the job 60 or more hours a week, you don't have time to sit mindlessly playing video games while the world roars by without you with money falling out of its pockets that you'll never get your share of because of your 30 or 40 hour a week pastime.... playing video games.

Sure are a bunch of whiney libs on this forum anymore.
02/21/2019 10:39 PMPosted by Steve
All hail capitalism. "Hail Capitalism! Hail Capitalism!"


I'm sure the games coming out of communes are great! Are there any gaming communes plus do they just give them away? It wouldn't be fair to make evil profit on their lovingly ,socially responsible, green efforts. Profits equal capitalism, we can't have that.

Isn't the diablo game series capitalist in nature? Your hero is killing demons, monsters and evil people to gain rewards. Rewards that are more than the hero needs. Kind of greedy, don't you think? What about the poor townsfolk, we never share our gold or weapons with them. No we use the profit of our effort to buy via the capitalist pigs aka vendors. We even gamble it away with Kadala. I've never seen a barbarian volunteering in a soup kitchen or community garden.

Plus don't we the players come back for more & more & more rewards instead of spending this time helping out humanity (in the real world).

Complaining about Capitalism while playing a capitalist game that you bought in capitalist fashion and using the free time you have as a benefit of a capitalist society to play it is funny.
02/22/2019 06:39 AMPosted by Traveler
You poor complainy people. Sounds like some of you never had a job that consumes more time than the average 9 to 5'er. Not that I'm a Bobby K fan mind you, but when you're on the job 60 or more hours a week, you don't have time to sit mindlessly playing video games while the world roars by without you with money falling out of its pockets that you'll never get your share of because of your 30 or 40 hour a week pastime.... playing video games.

I realize that you're trolling but I just can't help pointing out the obvious flaw in your logic. Nobody says that you have to play video games for 40 hours a week for it to count as "playing video games." I work on average 60 - 70 hours a week and I play video games - only for a few hours a week, and often just a few minutes at a time, mind you, but I do play them because I enjoy it. What he's saying is not "Unfortunately, I'm too busy to have the time to play games." What he's saying is "I do not play games" which could only be understood as "I do not want to play them."

02/22/2019 06:39 AMPosted by Traveler

Sure are a bunch of whiney libs on this forum anymore.

What on Earth do political leanings have to do with any of this? Also, how is saying that a person who doesn't like video games probably shouldn't be the CEO of a video game company liberal in any way?
02/21/2019 10:39 PMPosted by Steve
All hail capitalism. "Hail Capitalism! Hail Capitalism!"


This type of consumer right here is what enables corporations like Blizzard, Activision, and EA to act the way they do with little to no consequences. There has to be enough fools or the scam won’t work.
02/21/2019 10:39 PMPosted by Steve
All hail capitalism. "Hail Capitalism! Hail Capitalism!"


As opposed toooooooo? Diet Socialism?
I hope you have some deep pockets, because I'd be very grateful if you paid for all of our copies to play D3 with you. If you have it, everyone needs to have it.

I'd also be grateful if you worked really hard for me, so I can spend you're money sitting here playing video games.

Put your back into it broy
02/22/2019 06:39 AMPosted by Traveler
You poor complainy people. Sounds like some of you never had a job that consumes more time than the average 9 to 5'er. Not that I'm a Bobby K fan mind you, but when you're on the job 60 or more hours a week, you don't have time to sit mindlessly playing video games while the world roars by without you with money falling out of its pockets that you'll never get your share of because of your 30 or 40 hour a week pastime.... playing video games.

Sure are a bunch of whiney libs on this forum anymore.


that was pretty cringy. this alter is right on the edge boys
02/22/2019 06:55 AMPosted by cdm
02/21/2019 10:39 PMPosted by Steve
All hail capitalism. "Hail Capitalism! Hail Capitalism!"


I'm sure the games coming out of communes are great! Are there any gaming communes plus do they just give them away? It wouldn't be fair to make evil profit on their lovingly ,socially responsible, green efforts. Profits equal capitalism, we can't have that.

Isn't the diablo game series capitalist in nature? Your hero is killing demons, monsters and evil people to gain rewards. Rewards that are more than the hero needs. Kind of greedy, don't you think? What about the poor townsfolk, we never share our gold or weapons with them. No we use the profit of our effort to buy via the capitalist pigs aka vendors. We even gamble it away with Kadala. I've never seen a barbarian volunteering in a soup kitchen or community garden.

Plus don't we the players come back for more & more & more rewards instead of spending this time helping out humanity (in the real world).

Complaining about Capitalism while playing a capitalist game that you bought in capitalist fashion and using the free time you have as a benefit of a capitalist society to play it is funny.


labour creates products. the rich are getting richer while your wages stagnate. it's ridiculous and you're against your own best interests. just because we're stuck inside of a broken economic system doesn't mean we can't REALIZE we are. "I'm sure the feudal lord who owned the pitchforks the peasants killed him with probably observed the irony too"

And yes greed/capitalism is in diablo (especially diablo II). It's a game, it's not at the expense of the well-being of real people. It's victimless. entertainment isn't the same as wanting democracy in the workplace.
A for profit business based in a capitalist economy is trying to maximize profits for their shareholders ? Say it isn't so.

Please note the company that Bobby Kotic has any say over develops exactly 0 games, they are a stock holding company only.
02/21/2019 10:07 AMPosted by GeminiEclips
Anyone who is willing to sacrifice the lower end


Then include the current CFO, Dennis Durkin into that list as well. People keep saying Kotick is terrible for laying off near 800 people but that's not a decision made by him alone. He can not sign and approve anything until lists reached to him by other hands.
Rumors circulating imply lay offs were to clean any rebel voices that question the authority and company. This alone tells me this whole thing have another aspect we aren't aware.

Also please remember Acti-Blizz runs charities to help old war veterans to get hired and live by standards. Does that change facts that Acti-Blizz laid off 800 now and laid off 600 at the '12? No, not even one bit but if you gonna call someone a scum that shouldn't be one person only.
02/22/2019 10:29 AMPosted by SuperduperJW
labour creates products. the rich are getting richer while your wages stagnate. it's ridiculous and you're against your own best interests. just because we're stuck inside of a broken economic system doesn't mean we can't REALIZE we are. "I'm sure the feudal lord who owned the pitchforks the peasants killed him with probably observed the irony too"


So lets look at that system you speak of:

A group of people develop a product, at their own expense, since you can't sell what you don't have. They invest a great deal of time and money with a slim chance of success while often competing against a larger market of products with an established history and product to sell.

Against all odds, your company is small, but a success none the less. Can't quite reap the profits yet since your still investing in the growth of the company. At last, you have a product that is selling well, but you need more funds to expand that operation. At that point you determine that in order to raise those funds, you need to go public to generate investors.

Generating investors also means that they get a say, usual limited to the financial direction of the company. They invested their money in your company and therefore are risking their capital. Thus they have a say. They don't really care about anything other than maximizing profit potential. That's why they put their money into growing your company in the first place.

Sadly, the decisions made by the investors often don't take into consideration the roots that the company was founded on, as well as the goodwill of the employees. Unfortunately, the cold hard reality is that when a company chooses to grow with outside money, they relinquish some control of the operations of the company. On the flip side, companies seldom get to grow to employ 9,000+ employees without such concessions being made. It's a double edged sword in the end.

If one looks at PoE for example, GGG had a solid game on the market. It attracted the eyes of Tencent who purchased the controlling interest in GGG. No one can say for sure what will happen to their grass roots mantra down the line, but at some point, outside money was more attractive to GGG than keeping total control of their company. At this point in time, nothing changed as far as business goes for GGG. Rest assured that should they start to lose money you can count on Tencent stepping in with a heavy hand. It's just the reality of business; nothing more.
Businesses are not charities. Without investors most of you would spend your life behind a plow looking at an animals behind and trying not to starve during the winter. If a game is what you want buy it If not don't. Brand loyalty is for suckers. You're looking for love in all the wrong places. If you want to cultivate a sense of belonging concentrate on your family and community.

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