I cannot, in good conscience, continue to support Blizzard games.
They announce record profits, then promptly announce that they’re laying off 8% of their workforce.
That’s just callous. It would be different if ActivisionBlizzard was in serious difficulty, and faced an uncertain future unless it did something drastic. But it doesn’t. At worst, the 2019 forecast is that profits may drop. Not a loss, just a one-off drop in profits.
Yet it still did something this drastic anyway.
Now, I’m pretty sure that a lot of companies out there are similarly callous. And the question is - do I look at all of them and similarly boycott them?
Firstly, because Blizzard’s games are completely non-essential to me. I loved playing them, but there’s no significant impact to me to simply giving them up.
Secondly, because gamers have a closer relationship (both love and hate) to game development companies than virtually any other company/customer base around. And this behaviour really strikes home unexpectedly. It feels surprisingly personal.
Anyway, I thought I’d share. Don’t hold back on comments. I won’t be offended… primarily because I won’t be reading them.
I wish you all the best of luck.