LayOffs at Blizzard… Or Not.

The gaming blogger Daeity writing at Digital Castration has proven himself expert at rumor-mongering in the past, and as he’s got a new post attracting some attention early this week, you might want to check it out. The post is here, and the numerous contradictory updates make it hard to follow, but the core allegation is that Blizzard recently laid off a bunch of game developers, mostly ones allegedly working on Project Titan, though some Diablo III names were included as well.

The evidence was rumors, as well as various “formerly worked at Blizzard” type updates to their job status on their Linked In and Facebook accounts. Blizzard CMs have denied the allegations and status updates have been subsequently altered, but ultimately it does seem that at least one (or more) developers (not part of the D3 Team) have left the company in recent days. Or not!

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7 thoughts on “LayOffs at Blizzard… Or Not.

  1. I expected that. Basically they were too slow to complete all the hand drawed assets (items, scenario, etc), as can be seem by all the placeholders in the d3 site. Also because the graphic is mediocre, the shareholders got a little upset to see blizzard so behind other companies in the graphics department

  2. Shareholders caring about graphics?No… They care only about a few key fundamentals. Growth rate in relation to competitors, Margins aka how efficient a company is at making profits, and dividend if there is one. It’s numbers nothing more, nothing less. If you were to see an investor concerned about graphics it would only mean that he mistakenly believes that graphics alone will effect the companies ability to compete however this in the end relates back to growth. An investor will never say “oh the graphics of your game is bad so i’m not investing” he may say “oh the other companies graphics look better, can you still make me the profits i’m looking for even with sub-par graphics?” Also realize that it is your Opinion that that graphics are sub-par and does not actually effect the growth or success of a game. i.e Minecraft.

    • Ah yes, officially saying that a rumour isn’t true isn’t something a company would do if they want to hide it, would they?

  3. So what if they lied? It has nothing to do with us in the first place. It’s not Jay that got laid off right?

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