There are some really economically misinformed comments in this thread. Frightening. Everyone is free to voice their opinion (unless cancel culture says I'm an evil corporatist) but I'm very glad the USA isn't run by unions and socialists. Your comfortable way of life and ability to make detrimental comments about your form of government is because of your form of government and economy.If Blizz is doing better because of decisions made, isn't that a good thing? And yet, jealousy and repeated ignorant diatribe would pull that all down. Amazing.
Over course there is never enough growth, if we don't grow we don't advance, you need to advance to survive and therefore there needs to be something better. Its the same with people there has to be something we need / value to live, to state that there is never enough growth is like telling a person not to eat their next meal because they have eaten for 20 yrs and they have had enough food. Guess what they starve and die.That disease you call capitalism is the best known force the world has ever seen at destroying poverty and accelerating the species performance. No other generation today has the freedom or wealth that we have right now all of that was thanks to Adams Smith who invented capitalism. The more wealth that was available to the average man the more they could grow the more they could thrive and even the poorest person in the west today is richer than that of a king a centaury ago.
To bad Kotick will fire most of the employees cause activision wants that
All these negative posts are funny IMO. All you couch potatoes complaining about a company that provides entertainment for millions. If you don't like it, then stop playing their games. Oh, but we saw how well that 'boycott' worked... you couldn't stop playing but instead just want to continue to say how wrong it all is. It's pretty simple, get off your high horse... enjoy the games that they provide and stop whining. Or actually just go away and don't use Activision products.
The bigger number is the 32% operating margin compared to the other two at ~45%.What this means is that for every $1.00 invested in the department (all expenses)... the return on that investment will be only $1.35 for Blizzard. When you compare this to King at $1.46 per dollar invested, you can see why the corporate want to pull back on operating expenses with Blizzard and WoW development.What this info is telling me is that without micro-transactions, Blizzard would be hurting extremely bad right now.
Call of Duty: MW - russophobia pays very well it seems. I will never again buy an Activision product until they apologise for it, but they don't need my money as there are sadly plenty of people who are happy to buy hatred.
Everyone who complains about how Blizzard runs their business...You are more than welcome to start your own business and run it how you see fit. Let me know how that works for you you geniuses out there.
*!@#ing covid inflating numbers
As someone who wears many hats and does the hiring and firing at my business, I see the effects of the crunch for cost savings along with finding great employees. Any employee that has ever left our company by their choice, I have always given them a good send off. I applaud anyone who can find a job that will make them happier, either through pay, benefits or personal job satisfaction. They would be crazy not to go. Not every job and employer is for everyone. That is okay. I have also seen many employees that chose to leave and regret it and ask for their old jobs back. Some get it, some do not.I have also had times when we struggled to fill positions because we were not competitive enough with pay, benefits, or work hours. If we were in bad enough need, the pay was increased, if not, we suffered without the needed bodies. It's a fine balancing act of being profitable and keeping your workforce happy. Sometimes you do well, sometimes you do not.Something people don't take into consideration is variable costs. Things like shipping supplies, taxes, insurance increases, raw materials, utilities, and on and on. These always go up in cost every year. If your income as a company does not go up equally, you need to cut costs somehow. Sometimes it is with added efficiencies, sometimes it's by doing more with less (people, pay, benefits, etc.) Sometimes it is by increasing the price of your product.If Blizzard is not making enough money to keep their board of directors happy, they will do what they feel they need to do. Whether it be hiring more people or paying current employees more to make a better product (throwing money at a project does not always equal a better product) or maybe they will cut what they feel is dead weight. It's not like you always know for a fact what will work. If you did, you would have the secret to printing your own money. Very few businesses can do this.