Blizzard Entertainment To Lay Off 600 Employees

Blizzard Entertainment To Lay Off 600 Employees


A bit of depressing news came out of the Blizzard Entertainment headquarters yesterday. According to a press release, the developer has been forced to lay off around 600 employees.

“Constant evaluation of teams and processes is necessary for the long-term health of any business,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Over the last several years, we’ve grown our organization tremendously and made large investments in our infrastructure in order to better serve our global community. However, as Blizzard and the industry have evolved we’ve also had to make some difficult decisions in order to address the changing needs of our company. Knowing that, it still does not make letting go of some of our team members any easier. We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the people impacted by today’s announcement, we’re proud of the contributions they made here at Blizzard, and we wish them well as they move forward.”

The company insists that the layoffs aren’t apart of the World of Warcraft development team, but it’s easy to wonder if the recent downturn in WoW memberships had influenced the decision.

At the end of the statement, Blizzard also mentioned that they’re still looking to “hire qualified developers for a number of open positions.”

Usually, it’s a bad idea to put recruitment requests in the same press release as your layoff announcements. Just saying.

By Josh Engen

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