Blizzard "out of respect" to staff don't discuss why individuals leave, but the "speculation circulating" of massive layoffs is "just a rumor," affirms the studio. No meltdown at Blizzard.
Worried rumblings started after word that John Staats, a key figure in World of Warcraft's development, hadthe new Titan project - an MMO based off new IP.
"Hey guys, out of respect for their privacy, we don't discuss individual employees, but the speculation circulating about 'massive layoffs at Blizzard' is just a rumor," said Blizzard's Bashiok on the forums. Staats was described as a "hero of the WoW dev team" by Jeff Kaplan, and had worked there for over 10 years.
Thankfully there's no 'mass layoffs' striking Blizzard teams.
Blizzard "doesn't discuss individual employees" leaving, mass layoffs "just a rumor"
09 November 2011 | By Simon Priest