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2021-05-06 3:45:33 PM  
Maybe if they stopped being such a shiat company, with one of the most overpaid CEOs in the country.
 
2021-05-06 3:52:04 PM  
What was the last game they released, and when?
 
2021-05-06 3:54:05 PM  

skyotter: What was the last game they released, and when?


Their last good game was Warcraft II.
 
2021-05-06 4:28:22 PM  
I quit playing Hearthstone last year. Endless aggro decks boring me or bullshiat cards with no counter strategy.
I watch some streamers still. Some of the streamers have left, but a lot can't quit because the game is still a Twitch or YouTube draw. Imaginative deck makers have quit, for sure. Few complain about the game's state because then they fear they won't get freebies or invites to tournaments. And the most high profile one (Kripparian) now just plays the mode that is, when you get to the nitty gritty, a slot machine.
 
2021-05-06 4:28:23 PM  
I expect that a lot of online subscription services are going to see declines now that people are being asked to return to the office.

Also, I imagine that a lot of casual gamers that are turned off by Blizzard's crap are quitting, leaving a more loyal base that is driving their revenue per customer upward.
 
2021-05-06 5:10:35 PM  
Effectively they're cycling out of their target market. The people big into Starcraft, Diablo, WoW, etc, got into that as teenagers or in their early 20's for the most part in the late 90's and early 00's. Guess what? That demographic is moving onto different things.

I don't know anyone under 30 who plays WoW for instance anymore. I played Starcraft in middle school in 1998, but the last time I played anything from that franchise was a decade ago. The last Diablo was released what, almost 10 years ago? And even that was a sequel to a 90's franchise. Admittedly I dont know much about Hearthstone, that seems to be Blizz's biggest thing these days, but even that seems like its not exactly the most bumping young crowd.

Blizzard could literally release "poop in a box" and sell a million units on name brand alone, no doubt, but I think their customer base is essentially mostly nostalgia based at this point, and that market, while not insubstantial, will decrease over time.

Unless they released a genuinely new game and IP, but ah, that doesn't seem to be Blizzard's wheelhouse these days.
 
2021-05-06 5:13:00 PM  
There's no shortage of pedophiles or South Koreans.
 
2021-05-06 7:04:03 PM  
Wait.  They're losing users by millions but their revenue is going up?  How business work?

I literally know nothing about them but that gives me the feeling of customer abuse.
 
2021-05-06 7:18:53 PM  

NuclearPenguins: skyotter: What was the last game they released, and when?

Their last good game was Warcraft II.


I haven't seen Mike Lol in a while, is this his new alt?
 
2021-05-06 7:31:08 PM  

skyotter: What was the last game they released, and when?


It's not about good games, it's about profitable ones. I just saw an ad to come across my newsfeed telling me that the burning Crusade re-release is about to be made available. I'm having a hard time accepting that people are still paying a monthly fee to play World of Warcraft of all things.
 
2021-05-06 7:33:48 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: Wait.  They're losing users by millions but their revenue is going up?  How business work?

I literally know nothing about them but that gives me the feeling of customer abuse.



They take advantage of people susceptible to gambling addiction by using slot machine techniques that are illegal in Las Vegas.
 
2021-05-06 7:53:30 PM  

Nana's Vibrator: Wait.  They're losing users by millions but their revenue is going up?  How business work?

I literally know nothing about them but that gives me the feeling of customer abuse.


It depends on who and where the loss is.

Losing a million WoW subscriptions would hurt, losing a million SC2/D3 players wouldn't.

Losing a million free to play hearthstone users won't, a million whales would.
 
2021-05-06 8:18:48 PM  
Theyll make a lot back with D2 remaster and D4, whenever fhat drops.
 
2021-05-06 9:44:28 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Maybe if they stopped being such a shiat company, with one of the most overpaid CEOs in the country.


Bobby Kotick said that he doesn't like people posting pictures of him as the devil on the internet. He claims it makes it difficult for him to meet women.

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2021-05-07 1:01:32 AM  

Puglio: Nana's Vibrator: Wait.  They're losing users by millions but their revenue is going up?  How business work?

I literally know nothing about them but that gives me the feeling of customer abuse.


They take advantage of people susceptible to gambling addiction by using slot machine techniques that are illegal in Las Vegas.


They also offer dumb virtual items like a flying pirate ship that you can only get if you pay for a year subscription to WoW.

That tactic not only boosts revenue but also inflates sub numbers even if the player stops logging into the game. All so Blizzard can claim numbers are increasing to their shareholders.

Hearthstone had some blatant Chinese pandering when they offered New Year's theme skins for like 10 bucks a pop. So much crap that doesn't affect gameplay but the whales need to complete their virtual collections.
 
2021-05-07 5:39:48 AM  

Nana's Vibrator: Wait.  They're losing users by millions but their revenue is going up?  How business work?

I literally know nothing about them but that gives me the feeling of customer abuse.


And employee abuse. They increase their bottom line by laying off workers, and then hiring them back at a lower salary. To the point where their CEO is a billionaire, and their employees can't afford to pay for food.
 
2021-05-07 7:20:02 AM  
What blizzard forgot about was that the game itself (Wow) is supposed to be fun.  Questing is supposed to be fun.  Farking around fishing and weaving baskets and gathering herbs is supposed to be fun.  I remember when wow first came out and I grudgingly switched over from ps2 everquest.  I picked a Tauren hunter as my first toon and had one incident that made me love the game.  I was trying to run down some coastal path to get to some quest checkpoint and two elves that were both in their mid twenties decided to mess with the newb.  They killed me maybe five or six times before I finally managed to sneak past em.  Just playing the game and exploring and discovering all the detail that was in the game.

Now it's just a gear driven slog and raiding that all feels the same.  Not to mention pay to win and micro transactioned to death.

:(
 
2021-05-07 8:51:27 AM  

zbtop: Effectively they're cycling out of their target market. The people big into Starcraft, Diablo, WoW, etc, got into that as teenagers or in their early 20's for the most part in the late 90's and early 00's. Guess what? That demographic is moving onto different things.

I don't know anyone under 30 who plays WoW for instance anymore. I played Starcraft in middle school in 1998, but the last time I played anything from that franchise was a decade ago. The last Diablo was released what, almost 10 years ago? And even that was a sequel to a 90's franchise. Admittedly I dont know much about Hearthstone, that seems to be Blizz's biggest thing these days, but even that seems like its not exactly the most bumping young crowd.

Blizzard could literally release "poop in a box" and sell a million units on name brand alone, no doubt, but I think their customer base is essentially mostly nostalgia based at this point, and that market, while not insubstantial, will decrease over time.

Unless they released a genuinely new game and IP, but ah, that doesn't seem to be Blizzard's wheelhouse these days.


I play Valheim with people from my friends WoW classic guild. There is one kid under 30, and we always joke with him about not knowing the obscure cartoon references we are always spouting. Good fun is had by all.
 
2021-05-07 12:00:16 PM  

you need help: NuclearPenguins: skyotter: What was the last game they released, and when?

Their last good game was Warcraft II.

I haven't seen Mike Lol in a while, is this his new alt?


Mike_LoweLL is Gabe Newell's DDR alt.  The names translate from QWERTY to DVORAK keyboards.

/can't wait to cosplay as Mike at Comicon
 
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