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FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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Doom Rooster posted:

The profit margin on most Blizz merch is 100%. A third party making a physical good, selling and shipping it to a customer and giving Blizz money for doing nothing except negotiating a contract and maybe tossing an ad up on the bnet client.

There’s SOME official merch that Blizz actually shells out for then sells, but most of the big ticket stuff is third party.

the shrinking fanbase also means the places willing to make and sell licensed merch are less and less competent so you've got people receiving stuff that looks straight up counterfeit

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FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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exquisite tea posted:

Diablo 4 looked utterly out of ideas in what little we'd seen of it, so I wouldn't be surprised if the whole project was rebuilt now that the lead has been canned.

Honestly idk what's left untapped in the genre, if it isn't already in a moba somewhere because that business model encourages just throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks (sells as a new character/moveset)

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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Cythereal posted:

Diablo 4 looks to straight up be an MMO with private instanced hubs. There was a big emphasis on public events with pick-up groups out in the zones in the preview material.

yeah it's probably a continuation on the direction they were headed with D3 and its expansions - just procgen instanced maps with custom settings and a matchmaker with competitive ladders

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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zero consequence workplace

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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instead we have implemented a zero-consequence policy for employees at director seniority and above

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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the Xbox guy is saying he's having second thoughts about wanting more Call of Duty games on the platform which is a pretty notable development.

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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BULBASAUR posted:

Bliz has been gutted over the years. The gentle corporate squeezing that starts after an acquisition happens and continues until its a clenched first with all blood squeezed out of the stone.

Yeah they're killing the studio brand so they can have the IPs at a discount

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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Cythereal posted:

This. Back before all hell broke loose, I used to say that it would even be easy for Blizzard to win back much of the goodwill that they lost. Show some performative humility, do a big song and dance about listening to players and getting back on track, show a clear roadmap for the future, and a lot of people would have instantly given them the benefit of the doubt.

I think one of the fundamental problems here is Blizzard's absolute unwillingness, with regards to their internal culture or their game design, to take the L and go "My bad, here's how we're going to do better."

well they have said that repeatedly, and they've said it repeatedly because they have lied every time lol

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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Chris Roberts is just breaking the cycle of studios taking money and releasing garbage by simply not releasing garbage, you see.

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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SpicyPete posted:

Bunch more poo poo surrounding ABK tonight, fired a bunch of QA even after Warzone made almost $2 BILLION last year:

https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1466922319503413252
https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1466926920914903042



And there's an ABK president on the board of The Game Awards, so the Doritos Pope has outed himself as a bootlicker:
https://twitter.com/Kotaku/status/1466880749928435712
https://twitter.com/owoathkeeper/status/1466852697940783105

Turns out Geoff can find the time to whine about Konami stopping Kojima from accepting an award, but draws the line at sexual harassment, abuse, and discrimination.

so they have a Bobby Kotick and a "Rob Kostich?"

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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the beamoaning-lack-of-ps5-inventory thread is probably mad nobody told them

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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what in the gently caress

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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genovefa fedelmid posted:

I don't really get how unions work in the US. Here you join the union that is appropriate for your job. Your employer never knows unless you tell them because it's none of their business. You stay in that union while ever you stay in that field. It seems unions are workplace specific in the US? Except there are also unions that seem like the way they are here too, like the entertainment industry unions. Why don't the games industry workers as a whole make a union similar to the actors, writers, crew unions that seem pretty powerful in Hollywood?

America is by and large culturally inured against building any type of organized labor for reasons before and beyond the topic of this thread, but to make it directly relevant - even attempting to start a union caused the employer to dissolve their unit and dilute it across the company so they can be managed out (fired) at once by many different managers and the company doesn't have to admit they fired the QA unit for trying to organize, merely that they were being embedded into their coverage areas to better work with their charges and, gosh wouldn't you guess it, huge culture clash, we tried but in the end we couldn't make it work and they left etc

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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Magmarashi posted:

And they'll get away with it despite it being the most blatantly transparent anti-union act that couldn't even fool a baby because Organized Action is "Pinko poo poo" and goes against the values of Rugged Individualism

That's what I was saying

FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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idk if unions really 'exploit' management though

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FAUXTON
Jun 2, 2005

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