Activision Blizzard Layoffs 8% of its Employees

While the Activision Blizzard Q4 2018 conference was taking place, Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack announced this: “To better support these priorities, we need to reorganize some of our non-development teams. As a result, we will be reducing the number of non-development positions in North America and anticipate a related process in our regional offices over the coming months subject to local requirements.

I need to criticize the term used there. Non-development positions. I have parroted the same term in my previous article and even in Twitter, and I apologize for doing so. It is wrong.

Through my Twitter feed of 500+ Blizzard Entertainment employees, and a separate feed of over a 100 former employees, I have been able to list nearly 40 confirmed layoffs.

Among them, there are Community Managers, Quality Assurance (QA), eSports staff, artists, marketing, licensing, Public Relations, and Creative writers.

That’s just 40 that have been mentioned under my radar. There are countless who possibly don’t have a Twitter account, or that have departed silently.

Activision Blizzard 2018 Q4 Transcript

The most dramatic part of the recent conference call is that Activision Blizzard plans to layoff 8% of its employees, which confirms the recent Kotaku leak.

However, that percent can be misleading in terms of the amount of employees to be laid off per studio. Activision Blizzard is composed of Activision (with a big umbrella of IPs and studios), King (Candy Crush), and Blizzard Entertainment.

Anthem Customization: The Good

The Anthem Open Demo started on February 1 and will last until February 3. Open Demo as in everyone can play it with no strings attached. Free.

Download the Origin client, then browse games, and pick Anthem. The Anthem page will have a “Try it First” button which downloads the Open demo.

Pre-order Anthem (PC/XBox One/PS4) if interested.

Anthem is by far giving players a lot of javelin customization. You can pick the color from set choices or you can open the color wheel and choose the color and shade (light/dark) of your choice.

Anthem VIP Demo First Impressions: Spoiler… Canceled Pre-order

A few years ago, when Anthem was first announced at E3 2017 I fell in love with this awesome-looking game with realistic graphics, unique facial animations, flight, an Ironman suit, and great ultimate missile barrages. I knew I wanted to play that game. It was [gaming] love at first sight.

I played the Anthem Alpha test, but I won’t talk about any of my experience playing that here.

You will read my Anthem VIP demo first impressions, wholly. Before I get there, I have to vent some of what affected other players who shared the same enthusiasm.

8.1.5 War Campaign

The War Campaign continues in Patch 8.1.5 with Lady Jaina sending you to Freehold to learn more about Lady Ashvane joining forces with Sylvanas.

Then, Valeera delivers a message to Jaina from Baine. Baine brings Derek Proudmoore as a undead to Jaina at Theramore.

Opinion: This might be another hint at cross-faction undead characters and/or cross-faction races, as I have speculated for some time. Derek asked Jaina if he could return home to Boralus. She doesn’t seem to oppose the idea much. Asked for time to think about it.

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