The eSports industry is currently boiling out with the latest developments around it. We have seen EA making entry into the Battle Royale world along with Blizzard scandals roaming around. Let’s follow up with the two most important stories that happened in the eSports world last week.
Blizzard Continues to Fire Employees
It seems that the measures taken by Blizzard Activision to “make the company profitable” have reached the next level. A report leaked by Bloomberg, one of the media’s most important information portals, has spread in the industry like wild fire: Blizzard has announced hundreds of layoffs taking place next week.
Blizzard currently has 10,000 workers
On February 9, Bloomberg published the report. In the report, Blizzard seems to announce a significant number of layoffs, cataloged in the hundreds, without providing further details.
According to what is declared in the report, the company is undergoing a restructuring, aimed at centralizing efforts and maximizing profits. This is reminiscent of the general argument of the multinationals when it comes to justifying dismissals.
Blizzard going down
If we take into account that Blizzard had 9,800 employees at the end of 2017, we can agree on the fact that the video game market is very cruel. These massive dismissals and the situation of a company that has been so extreme are not well understood, though they do not have any relevant repercussion within the company.
Keep in mind that the stock market value of Blizzard Activision dropped another 2.5% last Friday, indicating that the company should continue taking measures to readjust the economy. According to experts, it seems that during 2019 the company will again experience losses, estimated at approximately 2%.
Apex Legends Announce New Map
Respawn’s Apex Legends has become a new phenomenon in video games. Defeating the king of the Battle Royale genre in just three days, it is going strength to strength. But the company has already been thinking about the future. They have also made it clear that the game will not follow the trail of Fortnite. However, it will have new maps instead of modifying the existing ones.
Respawn will follow a path more similar to that of PUBG than that of Fortnite. They have also made it clear that new weapons will come to the game, along with new skins, characters, and new cosmetic elements, such as flag backgrounds or poses, accompanying the upcoming updates.
Respawn will follow the PUBG model at the moment
That does not necessarily mean that Apex Legends is going to follow the PUBG method. Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn, has made it clear that if the company finds other methods which can benefit the game, they will follow them. What is summarized is that they will follow the example of PUBG until they find a better method.
For the moment, Respawn will remain faithful to their road map: a battle pass in the first season, new characters in the second, new weapons in the third, and finally, in the fourth season we will get new booty, remembering that each season will last for three months. At least for now, we will have covered the first year of Apex Legends, and what comes after can only be speculated.