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    Blizzard General News

    Blizzard to Skip Gamecom 2019
    Blizzard shared the news in a new blog post on its website recently informing fans of the decision. The post in question stated that the publisher is opting to skip out on the convention as part of the overhaul that the company is currently undergoing internally after laying off hundreds of employees earlier this year.

    “As part of a renewed effort this year to maintain our focus on development, for our current games and our future projects, we won’t have a booth at gamescom 2019,” the message on Blizzard’s site said. Of the future, Blizzard’s statement ended by saying, “We’re also looking forward to sharing more details about the projects we’re currently working on when the time is right.”
    https://www.dualshockers.com/blizzard-gamescom-2019/
    https://news.blizzard.com/en-gb/bliz...-gamescom-2019

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    "We don't want to be booed for the entirety of a presentation because of Diablo Immortal."

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    ^ I too came to post this.

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    https://investor.activision.com/investor-relations
    https://seekingalpha.com/article/425...all-transcript
    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/ac...ein-2019-05-03

    A/B lost 8.5% of their player base compared to this same point last year, but revenue is up thanks to BLOPS4 and Sekiro. Despite the increased revenue, their stock is down over 4% because investors are losing faith at the loss of players.

    https://venturebeat.com/2019/05/02/a...-crush-growth/

    Activision CEO Bobby Kotick say that the company will focus more on their mobile games (King - Candy Crush) as it holds the majority of the company's player base (~300M).

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    Welp.


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    Placing my bet that Kotick is fired before 2021.

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    CEOs don't get fired. They get golden parachutes worth tens of millions.

    I don't even know if firing Bobby would do anything. They'd hire another CEO all about profits over design or user satisfaction, and the cycle would repeat. Take any CEO of an ActiBlizz AAA rival and put them in charge of ActiBlizz; they'd have repeated the same steps that Bobby took. Profits, profits, profits. Milk every drop out of every player possible.

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    I figured the golden parachute was given, but the general move would be otherwise be painted with the "WE'RE LISTENING!" brush when they're really not.

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    No, you're right and I get that, but I don't know if that would -do- anything in this situation. It wouldn't raise stocks, for sure. The next guy in the job wouldn't deviate from the course of extracting as much cash from whales as possible.

    I guess the only thing that would change that I can think of would be a resurgence of ActiBlizz apologists screaming from on high that the glory days of Blizzard are back, or some tripe.

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    Part of me is just in eyeroll mode because we've got the same small faction of trolls on the D3 board playing the whole "CASUALS ARE RUINING GAMING!" card and getting butthurt when they're called on their shit when it's really this joker and the myriad issues with the gaming industry at large that have contributed to various shortcomings.

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    Peasants have always blamed other peasants for the hardships emposed on them by the wealthy. Its just that this generation of peasants is worse than all others because they have access to the knowledge to educate themselves on the important issues, but still devolve into blaming one another.

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    GOG has Added the Hellfire Expansion to Diablo 1 in a Free Update

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