World of Warcraft developer Blizzard to axe 600 jobs

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Blizzard, the developer behind the popular World of Warcraft MMORPG, has announced that it will be axing 600 jobs throughout the world, including 200 in Ireland.

Blizzard, the developer behind the popular World of Warcraft MMORPG, has announced that it will be axing 600 jobs throughout the world, including 200 in Ireland.

 
The company assured gamers that the jobs are mostly “non-development,” and thus should not impact most of the games it is working on, including an expansion for World of Warcraft and the much-anticipated Diablo III. 
 
Given a recent mess-up by a Blizzard community manager about lowering expectations for the hack-and-slash title, which forced the game's director to step in, we cannot help but wonder if this “Bashiok” is among the number getting the chop.
 
A third of the jobs will be lost in Blizzard's offices in Cork, Ireland, where it employs 900 staff, mostly for customer support. It has only been in operation there for five years, but the global recession, which has hit Ireland particularly hard, has obviously affected its ability to maintain jobs.
 
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“Over the last several years, we've grown our organization tremendously and made large investments in our infrastructure in order to better serve our global community,” said Mike Morhaime, co-founder and CEO of Blizzard. “However, as Blizzard and the industry have evolved we've also had to make some difficult decisions in order to address the changing needs of our company.”
 
He added that letting people go is not easy, and that the company is grateful for having worked with these employees and proud of the contributions they have made. Affected staff will be offered a severance package and other benefits. Blizzard is also making some efforts to help employees find jobs elsewhere.
 
“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,” Morhaime added. “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.”
 
Source: WoW Insider and RTÉ