Following an internal review, Blizzard has announced that it will be cutting 600 positions worldwide. The company claims that development on current and upcoming projects will remain unaffected, with most of the lost jobs being in non-development positions.
The announced job cuts will reportedly focus on the company’s customer service department. Earlier in the month it was announced that Blizzard’s golden goose, World of Warcraft, had lost some 900,000 subscribers in the second half of 2011. With WoW’s player base decreasing, the department’s downsizing was inevitable.
Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime clarified the need for the layoffs in a public statement posted on the official WOW forums.
“After evaluating our current organizational needs, we determined that while some areas of our business had been operating at the right levels and could benefit from further growth, other areas had become overstaffed”, the statement read. “As a result, we need to scale down some of our departments and part with some of our colleagues and friends here at Blizzard.”
Morhaime also assured fans that Blizzard will still be moving forward with plans to release multiple titles throughout the year. “We’ll have exciting news to share in the coming weeks regarding Diablo III’s release date,” he wrote, “and will soon be holding a private media event to showcase the latest work on Mists of Pandaria.”