600 Employees Fired at Blizzard, Upcoming Titles Still Safe

Written by John Ponio    Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:29

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It was announced recently that around 600 employees of Blizzard are being laid off, but a blog post by Mike Morhaime, CEO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, says that Blizzard's upcoming titles are safe. The employees being laid off were "mostly non-development," and are from departments that they claim were overstaffed. All affected employees are going to be offered severance packages. He wrote about Blizzard's commitment to the games:

I also want to emphasize that we remain committed to shipping multiple games this year, and that our development teams in particular remain largely unaffected by today's announcement. We're continuing to develop, iterate, and polish Blizzard DOTA, Diablo III, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, as well as other, unannounced projects. We'll have exciting news to share in the coming weeks regarding Diablo III's release date, and will soon be holding a private media event to showcase the latest work on Mists of Pandaria. It goes without saying that we're working hard to get all of these games in your hands as soon as possible.

You can read about the lay-offs here, and read Morhaime's blog post here