Blizzard Entertainment Headhunting Zynga Layoffs,
In the wake of Zynga laying off 5% of it’s workforce and causing ripples across the casual gaming market, it would appear Blizzard Entertainment might well be looking to pick up some of the talent that was let go from the 13 canceled games. In a Linked-In mail that has now seen the light of day, one of Blizzard’s Talent Sourcers has submitted a request for the dismissed Zynga employees to submit resumes for over 100 positions that are available at Blizzard Entertainment with the included private e-mail address of the sourcer at Blizzard’s L.A. Campus.
As for what this could mean, it’s tough to know. Is Blizzard looking to integrate more casual or almost Facebook-like games and augments into their products? Will the next Starcraft 2 expansion automatically Tweet, Facebook post and Instagram pic my latest loss against the Korean Mega-Player I just faced? Will everyone’s new achievements in World of Warcraft get posted to Facebook the moment you earn them, along with posts to friends to come join a free trial? I truly hope that’s not the case… however, we do live in an awfully strange world to older-gamers such as myself.
Personally, I’m hoping they’re just looking for solid, hard working talent that they can fit into their company lifestyle who will easily adapt to their franchises… crossing fingers on this one. But, on a side note, I am however happy to see companies in the gaming industry looking out for those who work in the industry. Sure, it’s in their best interest to source the best talent possible, but it says a lot (for Corporate Policy and otherwise) for the gaming industry that they’ve always got their eyes open to the market.