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Kotaku reports that Diablo 4's Game Director Luis Barriga, Lead Designer Jesse McCree, and World of Warcraft Designer Jonathan LeCraft were let go from Blizzard.

Kotaku reports that three high-profile developers have left Activision Blizzard today. The news was "delivered to development teams, but not officially announced." Sources close to Kotaku claim that the company has not provided any details about their departures.

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Diablo 4 game director Luis Barriga, lead designer Jesse McCree, and World of Warcraft designer Jonathan LeCraft were let go from Blizzard on Wednesday, two sources with knowledge of the move told Kotaku.

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You can read the full article over at Kotaku.

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7 minutes ago, Kuarinofu said:

I expected delays but now I got this. At least twitter folk will be happy, they don't care about games anyway.

Doesn't sound like Blizzard did either

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4 minutes ago, Steveson said:

Doesn't sound like Blizzard did either

I can agree on that to a certain extent, especially with their last practices. 

So, does this mean we are the witnesses of the last days of Blizzard?

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35 minutes ago, Kuarinofu said:

I can agree on that to a certain extent, especially with their last practices. 

So, does this mean we are the witnesses of the last days of Blizzard?

Would not be surprised, what with what else is going on.. Also won't be surprised to see Activision absorb Blizzard totally, or close down Blizzard entirely to save what reputation is left..

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54 minutes ago, Prophet001 said:

Iuno... seems like they're in full on witch hunt mode.

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California isn't a right to work state, if they were fired something beefy probably turned up immediately during the third party investigation, otherwise Blizzard would be facing lawsuits for both wrongful termination and defamation of character. That is because no matter what public statement Blizzard might choose to make about this, people will suspect if not outright assume that it is related to the sexual harassment lawsuit and/or investigation, based on the timing and that all were male.

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9 minutes ago, SidonisAntares said:

California isn't a right to work state, if they were fired something beefy probably turned up immediately during the third party investigation, otherwise Blizzard would be facing lawsuits for both wrongful termination and defamation of character. That is because no matter what public statement Blizzard might choose to make about this, people will suspect if not outright assume that it is related to the sexual harassment lawsuit and/or investigation, based on the timing and that all were male.

10 John Does were mentioned in the lawsuit. Sooner or later we will find them out as each of them gets fired in order to make the final fine as small as they can manage.

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2 hours ago, MeMy10 said:

Would not be surprised, what with what else is going on.. Also won't be surprised to see Activision absorb Blizzard totally, or close down Blizzard entirely to save what reputation is left..

110% agree with ya.

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7 hours ago, SidonisAntares said:

California isn't a right to work state, if they were fired something beefy probably turned up immediately during the third party investigation, otherwise Blizzard would be facing lawsuits for both wrongful termination and defamation of character. That is because no matter what public statement Blizzard might choose to make about this, people will suspect if not outright assume that it is related to the sexual harassment lawsuit and/or investigation, based on the timing and that all were male.

Defamation requires a false statement of fact that's directly harmful.  Public assumptions are irrelevant, and your opinion of them is even less relevant to the case.

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12 hours ago, MeMy10 said:

Would not be surprised, what with what else is going on.. Also won't be surprised to see Activision absorb Blizzard totally, or close down Blizzard entirely to save what reputation is left..

That, or they'll get some new blood in that actually provides some  new talent with some fresh ideas that can turn things around.

 

I know, recklessly optimistic.

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Luis Barriga was everyone's hope for D4. With him leaving it is hard to see the game being a success now.

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