World of Warcraft fundraises for Doctors Without Borders by offering pet incentives

    
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Everyone loves a good vanity pet, right? Well, what about donating money toward a very good cause? Both pet and human lovers can find something pleasing in Blizzard’s latest charity initiative, as the studio is challenging its community to donate toward Doctors Without Borders’ COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

Blizzard said that it’ll be tracking player donations from now through April 26th, and if certain thresholds are crossed, then all World of Warcraft retail (not Classic) players will be granted free cosmetic pets. If $500,000 is raised, it’ll be Bananas the monkey, and if $1,000,000 is reached, it’ll also be Daisy the sloth.

The studio did not immediately declare what donations that it or its executives would be giving toward this fund, though it has for some past charity endeavors.

“The fund aims to raise urgently needed money for the MSF emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences,” Blizzard posted. “The fund also enables supporters to designate their donations as contributions restricted specifically towards this global effort. Money raised through the fund will support MSF’s COVID-19 response activities worldwide, including program costs related to treating people with COVID-19, and addressing the impacts of the pandemic on MSF regular programs.”

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Bryan Correll

Wait…..is that thing supposed to be a sloth? Cause it looks like something that needs to be killed with fire.

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Dankey Kang

Maybe Bobby could dip into his horde of treasure to help out. Also they should change the charity to developers without jobs, y’know since they just laid off hundreds of them.

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Arktouros

They didn’t fire any developers.

Who they primarily fired were support staff throughout various parts of the over all Activision company. The biggest affected area was eSports live events staff that obviously isn’t being utilized during a pandemic where there are no live events.

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styopa

I’m genuinely curious at the tone of the comments here.

Look, I have lots of issues with how A/B runs its IP, and what it’s evolved (devolved) WoW into. No question there. Hell, I stopped playing retail WoW months ago after SL as I just was bored out of my skull.
So it’s not like I’m carrying a torch for that company or its apparently-incompetent management.

But what’s with the weird admonitory rectititude in regards layoffs? How DARE a company layoff employees? You know that’s a NORMAL part of the process, right? Esp when a company’s making crap decisions that have to be costing it subscribers.

Sure, everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Everyone’s entitled here, in a free market of ideas, to (generally) say what they want – it’s the tone that I’m getting at, mostly.

Or is it just that it’s easy to criticize from the cheap seats, and disapproval is so much more puissant when delivered as righteous indignation? “They shouldn’t ever fire anyone!”

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Dug From The Earth

So here is were a lot of the negativity comes from.

Situation 1: Company is struggling, doesnt have the funds to keep functioning unless it cuts costs, and one of the biggest costs of running a company are the employees. So layoffs happen in hopes of allowing the company to keep running, despite losing employees.

This is a crappy situation. Ive been in it (on the layoff side), and while its awful, I understand that a business cant survive if its not making the money it needs.

Situation 2: The annual (or whenever) excutive bonuses are going out, and are based on company value/stock value at the end of the specific period of time. One massive way to increase company’s value in these cases is to reduce the cost to run the company. Low cost to run the company + high profits = extreme company value = bigger Executive bonuses.

So often time companies like this will lay off a bunch of people to vastly lower the expense of running the company to give the company a higher value. And then later, hire a bunch of people to get back to normal productivity levels.

Activision falls into situation 2. They are purely doing the layoffs in inflate the bonuses that people like Bobby get. Activision is not a struggling company that has to layoff employees in order to stay alive as a company. They arent simply getting rid of positions that are no longer needed either. They are VERY much into E-sports, and customer service. These are just low hanging fruit that can be dropped and picked up again easier than quality game developers.

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Utakata

…if this where selective individuals that their contractual agreement has come to an end, this would make sense. But we’re talking mass layoffs here. Thus your argument simply becomes one more of shallow apologetics. Just saying.

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Dug From The Earth

wait, my arguement or the OPs?

Because my post isnt even an arguement, its laying out 2 possible sides of layoffs, with the one being the most likely, being one of greed and money grubbing from the upper management side of the company, not simply just “their contract was up” or “the company filed for bankruptcy and had to cut costs or shutdown.”

Also, just a bit of info. Contracts ending dont often lead to layoffs. The contract ends, and thats it. The company doesnt have to terminate or layoff someone when their contract ends. The contract covers the terms of them no longer being employed all on its own (usually)

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Utakata

It’s depending whether you are arguing this is as business is usual or not. I’ll give you some leeway if you are arguing about something that is not your personal view though.

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Arktouros

It’s really just that easy to criticize from the cheap seats.

Of the people we know who got laid off, majority seem to be things like eSports live events staff. You’re not having any live events in the middle of a pandemic. It doesn’t make sense to employ people for a job they can’t do. Standard practice isn’t to just find different jobs for these people but rather let them go and either let them reapply for other positions (if they have the relevant skills) or different jobs. Blizzard isn’t going to just be like, “Well here’s a mop, please keep the break room and restrooms clean.” to someone who was hired in live event management and coordination.

People always look at scenarios like this where a company or person has extreme wealth and just think they should be altruistic with it all. However the fact of the matter is it’s extremely rare that you have someone in that position with those qualities. Most people in those positions are there because they desire the wealth/power/etc. That is exactly why people put someone with those traits in charge cause they wanted this outcome. Exceptions exist for sure, but they’re the exceptions not the rule.

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Utakata

I’m pretty sure a number of working folks seats’ where cheapened because of this. But I’m not rambling on about this in hubris of comfortable privilege…if that’s what you mean. /shrug

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Danny Smith

“Okay the news of the layoffs got out, flip the switch”

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Utakata

…seems almost a PR version of Pascal’s Wager. /sigh

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Jetra_Virsai

Ooooh, shiny thing.

Wait, what about the layoffs? Forget that, I could get a free mount! It’ll only cost me several thousand dollars.

/sarc

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jealouspirate

These were announced as upcoming charity pets months ago. Not to mention they’ve been doing regular charity pets for something like a decade or more.

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Eliandal

Yes, but how dare you not ‘bandwagon’ ;P