If rumors are true, then today/tomorrow will see some significant cuts at Activision-Blizzard.
The consumer in me is happy that the company is taking a hit. That is market capitalism at work, where the consumer demand determines the health of a large company.
The human in me is upset that people are going to lose their jobs through no fault of their own. In larger companies, the cuts are rarely in the correct places (decision makers) and instead point to the lowest level possible. Well, perhaps a bit less in this case, since both CFOs were fired. Bobby Kotick is still going to get his $30m+ this year, rather than taking a pay cut. There are some good people who are going to lose their job, and I hope that they land on their feet quickly.
The gamer in me is mixed. On one hand, this doesn’t mean that Acti-Blizz is going to actually start making games with gamers in mind – in fact I would argue the opposite. The whole Destiny 2 roadmap since launch is textbook “how not to make a sequel”. BfA isn’t doing too hot either – but at least you can buy a literal flying pig.
We’ve lost the battle on MTX. Outrage for horse armor has been replaced with joy on the Carleton dance. Most people are ok with cosmetics in the store, it’s simply the price point that is debate point. I do not believe we’ve lost the battle on lootboxes, rather that this battle is just getting started. Specifically on the lootboxes that are pure RNG on rewards. With both Fortnite, PUBG, and now Apex Legends hitting like a meteor in the market, it will be very interesting to see what games currently in the dev pipe end up delivering.
Maybe this will be a wake up call to the industry in general that they need to find a different path. That the sheer glut of gaming options means people can spend their time/money on quality rather than quantity. Counting on the horde of locusts to buy a reskin of last year’s game… pretty sure that model is going the way of the dodo.
Best of luck to those impacted by the layoffs.