David Brevik, the creator of Diablo and the upcoming indie title It Lurks Below, lately went on a little bit of a rant relating to the state of Blizzard by which he accused the corporate of prioritizing earnings over its workers.
“The individuals above Blizzard, who’re revenue completely satisfied, [are saying] ‘Oh my God, Fortnite is making a fucking shit ton,'” Brevik stated on a stream that featured Twitch streamer thejunglequeen enjoying the Diablo-like Path of Exile. “‘Overwatch is not Fortnite…Why have you ever wronged us?…We’re going to eliminate the revenue sharing program. We don’t love this. We don’t love the truth that low-level workers make respectable cash at Blizzard. We’re going to eliminate this program as a result of we want extra earnings to extend our inventory worth and enhance our shareholders and the elite 1% of the corporate.'”
Brevik continued to bash Blizzard by suggesting that among the current company choices made by the corporate (or for the corporate) could have been liable for Blizzard co-founder Michael Morhaime shockingly leaving the corporate in October.
“‘You don’t like this very much, Mike Morhaime? Well too fucking bad, you’re gone,'” Brevik stated relating to Morhaime’s departure. “‘Now we pass it and we get more profits…more money in my pocket, motherfucker, for your work that you’re doing.'”
Remarkably, Brevik does not cease there. He additionally talks about how he is aware of about “some of the things [Blizzard] has planned” and wonders whether or not “Blizzard even be close to the same” if these initiatives do not go effectively. He additionally laments how many individuals have left the corporate and appears to query whether or not or not Blizzard is de facto even Blizzard anymore. You can watch the stream in full within the video beneath (skip to about 3:38:10 for the aforementioned feedback):
Let’s get just a few issues out of the way in which earlier than we dive into this a bit. First off, Brevik admitted that he was inebriated throughout this stream. Second, he states that he’s speculating a bit relating to the specifics of Morhaime’s departure in addition to among the different issues he talked about. Specifically, he stated that he “has no inside information” and that that is only a “hypothetical scenario.”
However, it is 100-percent true that Blizzard has altered its worker bonus program (which the corporate has stated it is compensated for by altering worker salaries). Brevik additionally claims that Blizzard has ditched its revenue sharing program. It’s unclear at the moment if that is, actually, the case. It’s additionally true that Morhaime’s departure from the corporate was abrupt and got here across the identical time that Blizzard allegedly minimize the worker revenue share program and adjusted the worker bonus program.
In case you are out of the loop, this dialogue relating to the state of Blizzard is moderately well timed as Blizzard lately revealed a really controversial cellular adaptation of Diablo and likewise introduced that it plans on making cellular variations of extra of its video games. These strikes have thrust among the different controversial enterprise choices that Blizzard has lately made right into a far bigger highlight.
We’re reaching out to Blizzard for remark and can hold you up to date as we study extra.
Matthew Byrd is a employees author for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days attempting to pitch deep-dive analytical items about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an more and more perturbed sequence of editors. You can learn extra of his work right here or discover him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.