Activision Blizzard has faced issues in the past, such as when the company dismissed over 8,000 employees after recording record profits a few years ago. But now a new report by IGN suggests that the company, particularly the Blizzard side, could be facing a rather larger problem – keeping the employees that remain from leaving.
It all began last month, when Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan left his post prior to the game’s fifth anniversary release. Many employees praised his work, but an unnamed employee explained the impact of his departure.
“[Kaplan] was the last person that we would have conversations about, ‘How long is he gonna last?’ Because he’s the last big blow,” said the employee. “So to some degree, now that he’s gone, I don’t even know who else could make that big of a wave. I don’t even think you’ll hear about anybody else of that magnitude.”
But there’s more to this story, including potential burnout of employees that worked way too hard on games that didn’t see a release. In fact, the company’s lack of game releases posed an even bigger problem, with Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 nowhere near ready for release.
“We talk all the time about like, ‘We really kinda messed up long-term planning, you know? Our release slates and things like that,” the employee continued. “If you look at how long the games take to make, and Diablo IV and Overwatch are probably shaping up to ship roughly around the same time or in successive years, it is hard to imagine this not happening again to Blizzard.”
So now the real question is…now what? Blizzard hasn’t responded to the report, though it did just provide a new update on Overwatch 2, providing a closer look at what’s to come. We’ll have to see what happens in the months ahead. For the moment, though, signs aren’t looking good. (You can see the update video below.)
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