Activision Blizzard acquires Spellbreak developer Proletariat. The reasoning behind the deal is the increase of the number of employees working on its massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft. The Dragonflight expansion for now to be more precise.
In accordance with the deal, the Boston-based Proletariat will join Blizzard, and its 100 staff will begin working on World of Warcraft, including the Dragonflight expansion that is coming out later this year. But we are, and many of the fans, are not so sure about whether Blizzard can hit the mark on their deadline.
The decision is the largest acquisition Blizzard has made to grow its studios, at least during the previous ten years. For World of Warcraft, the objective is to increase staffing in order to meet expansion quality and timeline targets. There was no disclosure of the specific transaction’s terms. So we do not know how much money was paid.
Blizzard’s decision to do this at a time when Microsoft is byuing out its parent company for $68.5 billion is puzzling. Additionally, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing is still looking into Blizzard Entertainment as part of a significant sexual harassment and discrimination complaint against Activision Blizzard. Which ActiBlizzard still denies despite the mountains of evidence.
Blizzard Acquires Proletariat, Or Are They Just A Puppet?
Activision has a track record for being a horrible company when it comes to acquisitions like this. To the point where top lists can be made about how many companies has Activision KILLED past the two generations.
And while people thought they are about done with doing that, here they go turning Proletariat into support batteries for their big games. Before they inevitably run outta juice and get tossed aside. This bit of the news also explains yesterday’s blog post about ceasing development on Spellbreak.
But the suits got a big bag of money, and now the devs behind the creative magic-based battle royale game Spellbreak are on the clock. Many other recipients of this news seem to be more optimistic than us. And I envy that optimism. But mostly question where it comes from. What did Activision, Blizzard, and Activision Blizzard have done over the past 20 years to earn any of that gullible trust? I have no clue.
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