Blizzard’s Sad Story

The revelations and story playing out at Blizzard are nowhere near over. My comments are small without still knowing the depth of the problems in this apparently toxic workplace where a game I love is created. How do these things even happen in the world?

My thoughts are summed up best by Taliesin via Priest With A Cause’s Blog

http://priestwithacause.blogspot.com/2021/07/shitshow-at-blizzard.html

and, the best writer about World of Warcraft currently writing:

https://kaylriene.com/2021/07/30/the-actiblizzwalkout-and-reconciling-art-and-artist/

I agree with most of what they have to say. I’m shocked, dismayed, saddened. I did not hold any of the developers at Blizzard in any particular regard, as always, having learned from SWG not to follow individuals and creators of the games I love too closely.

I have not unsubscribed from the game since Wrath of the Lich King. I will not be unsubscribing now. I hope all of the voices are heard and changes are made at Blizzard. As a former union steward, I recommend that a union is formed. That’s how you protect your workforce, that’s how you make sure someone is looking out for everyone.

2 thoughts on “Blizzard’s Sad Story

  1. Thanks for the shoutout and compliment – it was a nice pick-me-up on a sad week!

    I totally agree on the union point as well. The fact that ABK has hired a known union-busting law firm as their response is quite telling of where the concerns of leadership actually lie, but I am hopeful that this is a moment of reflection for the industry and a turning point in labor rights for game development (which then hopefully also leads to labor victories everywhere, because worker rights in the US suck!).

    • You have the best insight and analysis. They should have hired you long ago. But then you would have been deep in the morass. Seeing Ubisoft employees this week say nothing has changed there is discouraging, but it gives more light on the ongoing problem. Let’s hope for a wave of change.

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