Jason Schreier reported on Bloomberg about the disturbing decisions of taken by Blizzard last week. Last Wednesday, the company decided to lay off as many as 50 employees - including those involved in the support and organization of live events (such as official e-sports tournaments).
A spokesman for Blizzard commented on the matter. He justified the decision with a change in company's policy, which will slowly move away from the traditional way of organizing such events. In times of pandemic, digital tournaments and conventions are the most important element and this is the path that the American company will want to follow.
It's quite possible that a big role in this situation is played this year's BlizzCon, or rather we should say - BlizzConline. The digital edition of the popular company's holiday, full of various announcements, enjoyed a really large interest in the web, gathering hundreds of thousands of viewers in front of the monitors.
However, that's not all. Schreier added on Twitter that not only the organizers of traditional events lost their jobs, but also developers from King (Candy Crush Saga), a studio owned by Activision Blizzard. In this case, it is not known exactly how many people were fired. It is certain that there has been a serious slimming down of the staff. More details will probably come in the next days or weeks.
- Activision Blizzard - official homepage
- King - official homepage