MMO Week in Review: Blizzard revenues are up, but morale is sunk

    
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MMO Week in Review: Blizzard revenues are up, but morale is sunk

Activision-Blizzard (shareholders) had some good news this week, as its Q2 2020 revenues actually improved year-over-year for the first time in six quarters, owing largely to COVID, WoW, and COD. Not that they ever quite report it that way. Unfortunately for the corporation, that was all followed by the news that Blizzard employees specifically are agitating for better pay. Because their pay is abysmal. Because Acti-Blizz made nearly $2B last quarter while some of its workers are living on oatmeal.

Meanwhile, Guild Wars 2’s getting underwater mounts, DDO suffered a nasty three-week rollback, Crowfall is about to hit beta, Star Citizen entered alpha 3.10, the Fallout 76 community was on fire, and everyone’s nervous about the Tencent EO.

Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

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Robert Mann

Thus the seeming goal of the modern corporation: “How can we ensure that our staff feels underpaid, dislikes their benefits, finds their management incompetent, and are so de-motivated that the hard workers would rather go poo than actually do their job while at work?”

These companies, they do seem to have figured that who setup out quite well. Of course, you always get the people who will be lazy or incompetent no matter what… but when they are treated on par with those who do work, the entire workforce will just be lazy and not care!

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Schmidt.Capela

I’m not sure a 20% increase in Blizzard’s revenue, when the Activision half of the company saw an increase of 270%, is such good news. And it wasn’t just Activision; most of Activision-Blizzard’s competitors seem to have posted increases in revenue quite above the 20% by Blizzard.

Incidentally, I’m being bombarded with advertisement for WoW in multiple sites, all of it for Classic WoW; it might be anecdotal, but it seems to me that Blizzard’s marketing is treating Classic not as a side-project, but instead as a growth opportunity. And they either are favoring Classic over Retail, or else their AD agencies have identified me as someone far more likely to spend money on Classic than on Retail.

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Bruno Brito

Good question. Would just increasing shit across the board be fair? I’m of the camp that executive pay should be gutted so the rank-and-file would get increased.

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Schmidt.Capela

I’m a fan of a certain proposal that would hike the taxes of companies where the best paid executive receives over 50x more than the rank-and-file, with the tax hike growing as the disparity grows.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Everyone would love to have their cake and eat it too.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

just have to work on that portion control…

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Utakata

Me too! <3

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Utakata

*Pigtails are already contending that this is the Mr. Schlag’s editorial meme of the 2020!*

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Armsman

Sorry, but for me – it’s still the Chinese taking Control of Funcom and ‘Conan’ (with the scene of Schwarzenegger/Conan being slapped by the asian Swordmaster) <— that was a meme of beauty. ;)

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Utakata

Oooo…I almost forgot about that one! But that too thens! <3

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Jack Kerras

Welcome to letting financing lead your decisions after spending decades making games in a totally different way, I guess. :/

Poor Blizzfolk. I hope their superiors get their shit together.