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Blizzard France employees are going on strike against the planned Versailles office closure on Shadowlands launch date.
On October 6, we reported that Blizzard would be closing their French office in Versailles, which employs at least 280 people. The first strike as per the recommendation of their union happened on October 14.
A new call for strike against the planned Versailles office closure at Blizzard France is supposed to occur from November 24 onwards.
The union calls for an abandonment of the closure, diversification of the Blizzard activity in France, and investment in the care of psycho-social risks.
Blizzard released many interesting products over the past year, so here are some cool gamer gifts to inspire you for the upcoming holiday season.
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Overwatch Hot Wheels Character Sculpt Cars and 10-Pack Assorted Toy Car Set ($5.99 - $19.99) Overwatch Hero Hoodies from Illustrator Koyorin ($85.00) Overwatch: The Hero of Numbani Novel ($9.29) WOW the World of Warcraft Lovers with Tabletop Play, Unique Gear and Novels
World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: Eastern Kingdoms Novel ($22.50) World of Warcraft: Rise of the Horde & Lord of the Clans ($24.99) Secretlab World of Warcraft Horde x Alliance Gaming Chairs ($449.00, available for preorders) Small World of Warcraft Board Game ($59.99) Yeti X World of Warcraft Edition Microphone from Blue Microphones ($199.99) Decorate Your Lair with Diablo Collectibles
Diablo Lord of Terror 10” Bust ($139.99) Diablo Lilith 24.5" Premium Statue ($499.99) Funko POP! Games: Diablo Tyrael Figure ($11.99) Fill Your Head-SPACE with these Epic StarCraft Reads
StarCraft: Shadow of the Xel’Naga Book (Blizzard Legends) ($14.95) StarCraft: WarChest – Shadow Wars: The Complete Comic Collection ($14.59) For Esports Fans – Overwatch League Products
Overwatch League x Jeff Staple Collaboration 2020 Jerseys ($53.99 - $95.99) Overwatch League Hero Collection Apparel ($19.19 - $38.99) Funko POP! Games: Overwatch League Tracer Figure ($14.99)
Blizzard began selling face coverings on Blizzard Gear Store. You can buy them in packs of 3 for $24.99.
The face masks are themed after all Blizzard games and you can buy them here.
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Adult Fanatics Branded Overwatch Face Covering 3-Pack
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Adult Fanatics Branded Hearthstone Face Covering 3-Pack
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It seems David Kim is the Jack of all trades in Blizzard, as he's once again moved to a new franchise within the company! The Diablo 4 Lead Systems Designer, who was very front and center at the BlizzCon D4 announcement, has moved to the position of Principal Game Designer for World of Warcraft:
As you can see from the above, Kim has been moving around a lot, with his longest stint coming from StarCraft 2, where he started at Blizzard back in 2007, jumping in to Heroes of the Storm, back to SC2 and then Diablo 4 most recently.
On the D4 side of things, we're not quite sure what this means, as it seems unlikely the job was "done" and so Kim could move on, and it's a lot more likely he was needed in WoW due to Shadowlands crunch (as he started the job back in September), since it was all hands on deck to get the expansion out the door. It seems likely that Kim will stay in WoW for a while at least, and it's unclear if he'll be returning to Diablo, which doesn't seem like a good thing for the 4th installment, but as it's still a long way away, it might not be that big of an issue. As spotted by Rhykker, his replacement on the D4 team seems to be Joe Piepiora, who was promoted from within the D4 team.
On the WoW side of things, some players have been complaining about the game having moved towards Diablo systems in the past, with World Quests and especially the RNG nature of loot, so they might not be too happy with this particular move, but Kim has been very good at balance, coming from a very heavy StarCraft background. The Principal Game Designer job title itself means working on the core systems, and if we had to hazard a guess, we'd say classes and their balancing, whether via gear or other systems, might be one of Kim's focuses.
In the third quarter of 2020, Blizzard had 30 million monthly active users. Shadowlands presales are well ahead of any prior expansion, and more.
Q3 2020 Earnings Call Highlights
Revenue grew 4% Y/Y, driven by another strong quarter of growth for World of Warcraft. Operating income increased by 80% Y/Y, and the operating margin was 14 pp higher Y/Y. World of Warcraft monthly active users were stable Y/Y. People are looking forward to Shadowlands, the next expansion that releases November 23. Franchise engagement is at its highest level at this stage ahead of an expansion release in a decade, with presales well ahead of any prior expansion. Diablo Immortal developed in partnership with NetEase will soon enter external regional testing.