Blizzard Entertainment Laying Off 600 Employees, Diablo III, WOW, Blizzard DOTA And StarCraft II Not Affected
Blizzard Entertainment has announced that it has conducted a review of its business based on current organizational needs and has decided to execute a global reduction in workforce of approximately 600 employees. The company anticipates approximately 90% of the affected employees will come from departments not related to game development. The World of Warcraft development team will not be impacted. We never like to hear about layoffs here at ZoKnowsGaming and we can only hope that those laid off quickly find other jobs throughout the industry.
Blizzard’s current development and publishing schedules will not be impacted. The company will announce specific release plans for Diablo III in the near future, and it’s continuing to drive aggressively toward beta testing for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandari, Blizzard DOTA, and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.