Activision Blizzard hasn’t exactly covered itself in fame in recent years due to numerous scandals. Although recently there was a dispute about the allegations of abuse settled out of court, but the company’s negative public image remains. Current reports from Activision Blizzard should not necessarily contribute to the brand’s reputation improving in the near future. Finally has an internal Blizzard-Q&A-Session caused a lot of resentment with Mike Yvarra, the company’s president.
The return to the office
In the run-up to the meeting, there had already been some more or less good news for employees. For example, employees of Activision Blizzard should work in the office at least three times a week in the near future. In addition, profit-related bonuses for Blizzard employees have been cut immensely.
The Q&A session is also said not to have helped the overall situation. Just a statement from the President on punctuation wages caused a lot of anger among Blizzard staff. After all, one would live in a fantasy world, roughly the meaning of the statement, if one assumed as an employee that executives would earn a lot of money and employees little.
Although Game Developer emphasizes that the reduced bonuses also affect executive positions in the company, they do not have the same impact as for developers, for example. Equally out of place for many people were Yberra’s statements about returning to the Office.
The president is said to have said that if employees cannot be happy with certain decisions, they have to do exactly what is necessary to be happy. Some have taken his utterance in this context as a Ultimatum understood.
Especially the costs that this change entails cause a lot of trouble. The fact that Yberra is said to have described some positions that weren’t particularly well paid as “non-long-term roles” didn’t exactly calm things down either.
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Although sites such as Game Developer or Gamesradar report on this meeting, many voices of angry Blizzard employees have reached the public even without their articles. Numerous people from the company expressed their frustration on social media about their employer’s decisions. For example, Dylan Snyder, the Senior Game Designer for , wrote on Twitter Overwatch 2: “I’ve been in this industry for almost 10 years and I’ve never been more ashamed of leaders than I am at this moment.”
Sources: Gamesradar, Game Developer, Gamespot
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