I have seen what I think is the problem, Activision thinks it's customers are its shareholders, not its gamers. They are out of touch with those who play Warcraft and all they see is what will generate the most profit, not what the gamers want. Blizzard employees, many who have been part of Blizzard games for years are leaving. I hate to see where Warcraft and other Blizzard titles end up. Folks used to say Warcraft would be dead when this game or that game came out, it wasn't. Warcraft found its own worst enemy, Activision.
So i heard that the CFO made almost 10mil in those 18 months he was there...that seems bat#$%^ insane
This is the problem with big corporations, they become a monolith that focuses more on the button line, having ridiculous expectations for growth to satisfy stockholders, and leaves innovation behind in the dust. I just learned that Blizzard has been letting go I.T. and Quality Control staff, and that explains a lot. Activision doesn't have much vision in terms of actual video gaming development. They need to get out of the way and let innovators and their support teams take charge once more. If they do that, they're more likely to see higher sales and stock values. But that isn't what historically happens. Big companies become too structured to the point it fails, but this gives smaller, more innovative companies a chance to rise to the top. So bring it on, small guy. Your time to shine is here.
Just company board firing a scapegoat for their greedy backfiring decisions. More news at 11.
They have been asking for money for a long long time.Mount and a remastered game that would appear in one year, and everyone thats playing wow would likely buy it just for the mount.Another mount in december and ugly fox which is gonna be bought by mount lovers.Pets.Another mount that has been sold if you pay for 6 months.End and Start of the year bundle packs.Same thing went for the other games as well, all sorts of bundels and passes,etc etc.They have been crying for money and people for quite a while, they still hope to get back to the golden age with classic wow.I wonder ? When they will stop leaving in that apst with games and move forward ?Like warcraft 4, star craft 3 or a better world of warcraft not just a dlc called expansion, or just something new original to revolutionzie and give hope for the company.I mean i still believe they could do something good, but my hope are sloly dieing.Most of the people wont agree with me on this but since we have people like: "We all have mobile phones", "Dont like it, dont buy/play it", "whiner baby", etc etc.
This is fine.Is it getting warm in here?
Blizzard will crash if they can’t get rid of activision. And activision won’t care
I'm sorry, but fixes are coming, yes. Professions were useless, now that money is back to the game I can sell stuff. There was an issue with Enchanting and Expulsom that is now fixed. Mythic Pluses were with a number of bugs or simply put stupid trash that wouldn't allow you to finish a key. Warlocks had no good spec for M+ and saw their population go down while Havoc and Rogue were OP (now we got our I-win button in demonology). Major change will take time to happen, but you can smell budget limitation dictating the development. Things are likely to change, because there's a bunch of people who won't actually play on a mobile or tablet. I play solely on a PC, my eldest plays in all platforms and my youngest also only plays on a PC. Mobile games actually brought the numbers - a lot of people do play games, but are they gamers? Or they play a game like someone scroll down a FB page while waiting on a queue?. There's a lot of gamers out there that want to play PC games and some do enjoy MMORPGs. Someone will create a way to catter to that gamers and earn their money. Will it be Blizzard? I hope so, but it's not my job that is on line.
Its just the guy that Activision CEOs will look at before they give Blizzard CEOs a stern look that they arent making enough money.
This is interesting
Nothing wrong with new blood. Might be a good change for the company, we'll just have to wait and see
To give you an idea of just how ephemeral any online game can be, as an antidote to WoW I played a fair bit of "golf" in a game called Winning Putt. Having countered all "The game is dying, please fix " comments all over the forum with, "Winning Putt is here to stay ", on November 1, 2018, they announced 6 weeks to shutdown and it disappeared just before Christmas. Gone - History - Big puff of smoke and then nothing. No post-mortems either cos the forum vanished too. Here's the final message: "As of December 14th, 2018, Winning Putt service has officially ended."Notice the word service, that's all you pay for, it's in the TOS T&C are extra. It was a huge jolt for many that loved that game. I was just glad that I had pretty much guessed it would fold and stopped playing well before the death. Let's hope for a longer lifespan for our beloved World of Warcraft. --
seems like the money guys seem to think they can do a better job at making WoW great again than the veteran developers that had a love for gaming...What a great recipe for disaster...
Yeah it's just like any profession IRL. You always meet that guy that just got his education degree that read his books and think he know's what to do, but when he shows up at work everyone laughs at him because he screws up the routines thinking he know's what's correct and best for everyone. (he's the one that will fire you for having an opinion on what's right or wrong in the end because he got that education. I feel sad for all the former employees that had love for the game and mechanics... It's all about the money, don't need gamers to decide whats best for the game this is economics go study and ruin the gaming industry and jump the ranks get a fancy suit dont play video games just screw them up instead! And never listen to the community, just keep nerfing everything instead of balancing it it will make everyone so positive!The worst part is that the developers get payed in cents for the hard work they do while the sharks are rolling around in high end cars and party in castles eating high end russian caviar. What a sad world Is it so hard to listen to people that have a clue or great idea instead of just killing the game slow. Don't listen to the community and don't listen to the streamers it's going fine we all can see that! Next Dungeon will be called: The Irony
For me the most bizarre thing is that when I started playing WoW, none of this would have made the slightest bit of difference to me. I doubt I would have known what a CFO was without looking it up, much less cared that they existed. That this is even generating the amount of discussion that we have here is pretty astonishing. I still don't particularly care that they exist. They manage the money so other people can manage the content. Does it matter? Are they single handedly responsible for the muted BlizzCon or anything else? The Activision thoughts might be more on the money. There's a feeling for me of WoW is on its last legs (but they've still got a few years left in them yet) but let's monetise the hell out of it before it croaks.
here we gohope for the best, expect the worst
not sure why this matters. perhaps Blizz is a weird company but for the most part, the CFO has almost no creative or directional decision making. he/she just tells the CEO and Board what they can afford and the expected financial effects of decisions and possibilities.For us as gamers, this changes absolutely nothing unless the new CFO is adept at some creative accounting methods to pull money out of thin like the CFO of apple.