Ninety percent of the cut staff were in departments unrelated to game development, the company said. Blizzard does not expect the news to affect upcoming games Diablo III, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, or StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.
Holy... Just goes to show no company is immune to layoffs. Hope everyone lands on their feet.
my 1st reaction to reading that headline was pure shock, but upons seeing that they said 90% of the layoffs dont effect game development, leaves me wondering if its all QA, or IT or something. still super lame though.
"[anticipating] approximately 90% of the affected employees will come from departments not related to game development."
Sorry to hear that Meshiah. From the looks of your portfolio (Holy F, nice work!), you`ll have no problem getting more work, but that still really sucks Best of luck to you. I hope you find something quickly.
WHAT. How is that possible lol. How many cities are they in? That's nuts. Imagine the lunch line! :P
I reckon the majority of that is the international support staff for WoW, from IT to customer service, and so forth. The actual developers probably number closer to several hundred for all their projects combined.