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Blizzard Begins Monthly Collectible Series for 30th Anniversary with Lich King Statue & Concept Art PrintBy Staff
Blizzard celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and announced an all-new limited release series called "From the Vault." This month, you can pre-purchase a 26" high Lich King resin statue and a concept art print of Prince Arthas.
The Lich King resin statue costs a whopping $1,099.99 or 1,300 EUR, and you can purchase it here (US region) or here if you're in the EU. It will ship no later than November 19.
The concept art print of Prince Arthas drawn by Samwise Didier will only be available for purchase on the Blizzard Gear Store for 30 days. It costs $29.99 (US) or 32 EUR (EU). The concept art print will ship on or before May 7, 2021.
Each month, new collectibles will become available for purchase.
Omar Gonzalez, one of the "creators" of WoW Classic, has left Blizzard for Dreamhaven.
Omar Gonzalez was a WoW engineer responsible for the early advancements of WoW Classic. Omar locked himself away for a few weeks and created an early prototype of Classic, which had a ton of bugs, as mentioned by Ion Hazzikostas in the Wowhead interview, but the game was in a pre-Cataclysm state and had all the original skills and talents.
This made the team feel confident about re-creating the Classic experience.
According to the latest reports, Omar has now left Blizzard Entertainment and joined Secret Door, one of Dreamhaven's studios owned by Mike Morhaime.
Activision Blizzard apparently plans to lay off even more of its employees and consolidate its EU publishing offices to the UK.
Activision Blizzard's CEO Bobby Kotick is set to receive a $200-million bonus. On the other side of the spectrum, the company recently laid off approximately 190 employees who worked in the Esports / live departments due to the ongoing pandemic.
Further layoffs are imminent as the company plans on consolidating its European publishing functions to a main hub in the UK.
According to Games Industry, the layoffs will affect Activision Blizzard offices in Germany, France, Spain, the UK, and 2 offices in the Netherlands.
The cuts are said to be limited to publishing functions and won't impact development, live ops and customer support representatives.
Source: Games Industry
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is set to get a massive bonus in the amount of around $200 million, on top of his standard yearly salary in the tens of millions, as the CtW Investment Group called out in a statement criticizing the bonus. The report comes after a recent layoff round at Activision Blizzard, in which between 50 and 190 employees were let go.
CtW is an activist investor firm that focuses on holding directors and executives accountable for what they feel is irresponsible and unethical corporate behavior and they've issued a statement criticizing the bonus, as reported by GameSpot.
The reason the bonus for Kotick will be so high is apparently the "Shareholder Value Creation Incentive" provision in his contract, which (basically) states that if the company's share price is at least twice the amount it was at the end of 2016, and holds that price for at least 90 consecutive days, he gets the cumulative bonuses from several past years. This has already happened, as Activision Blizzard has done very well during the pandemic, and so the $200 million bonus is set.
You can read more about the matter over on GameSpot.
Jason Schreier reported that Activision Blizzard has laid off approximately 190 employees who work in Esports / live event departments via Twitter.
A Blizzard spokesperson talked to Bloomberg and revealed that players are increasingly choosing to connect with their games digitally. The e-sports team had to adapt to the changes due to the pandemic's impact on live events. As a result, Activision Blizzard Inc. fired approximately 50 people.
Placeholder for tweet 1371907443396124676 Later, Jason Schreier said that the number of employees that have been fired is far greater, and estimates say it's 2% of the total staff, which translates into 190 people, instead of 50.
Placeholder for tweet 1371946511832125443 According to the latest report, dozens of people were impacted, not just employees, in live events. In addition to 90 days severance and a year of health benefits, laid-off staff received $200 Battle.net gift cards...
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