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We’re constantly changing and evolving not only our video game purchases, but how we support and contribute to those game purchases. This evolution is vital to our ability to continue doing what we love to do—buying great games—and it’s what makes a video game consumer a consumer.
Over the past several years, the work of evaluating Blizzard purchases and seeing poor decisions from a previously stalwart company has led to new games and other products that we’re proud to have purchased. These are games such as Path of Exile, DotA 2, and even donations to private servers like Nostalrius. We now have more non-Blizzard, high-quality options than at any point in video gaming history. We’re also at a point where we need to take some of our hard-earned dollars and bring their marketplace power to other developers. As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to shift some of our money from Activision Blizzard to other companies, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to us and even eSports professionals who depend on them for their livelihood (and I know we're thinking about all of them and their families right now before Christmas). This isn’t the first time we’ve had to make tough choices like this. Games like Fallout 76, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Dungeon Keeper Mobile, SimCity 2013, and more would have been highly profitable had we not made similar decisions in the past.
Despite the change in Blizzard's direction, Heroes of the Storm remained a love letter that linked us to a time when Blizzard made consumer-centric decisions based around quality and commitment, rather than shitty mobile rip offs for Chinese markets. We’ll continue actively supporting Heroes of the Storm with playtime, reminiscing, and a cadence that our community loves, though our feelings toward you as company and your games will change. Ultimately, we’re setting up our nostalgia for long-term sustainability. We’re so grateful for the support your company has shown from the beginning, and our fond memories will continue to support the legend of Blizzard past with the same passion, dedication, and creativity that your former employees shared with us in making the old Blizzard so great.
We’ve also evaluated our plans around future Blizzard games—after looking at all of our priorities and options in light of the change in how you support games long-term, the Blizzard consumers and Blizzard fans will not return in 2019. This was another very difficult decision for us to make. The love that the community has for these IPs is deeply felt by everyone who waits on them, but we ultimately feel this is the right decision versus moving forward in a way that would not meet the standards that players and fans have come to expect... i.e. your shitty mobile game plan and predatory kiddie-gambling strategies rather than the quality and commitment we expect, as well as crappy expansions with little communication with your communities, killing profitable games that aren't profitable enough, etc, etc.
While we don’t make these decisions lightly, we do look to the future excited about what the decisions will mean for our other game developers and all the projects they have in the works. We appreciate all of those old Blizzard games and everyone who worked on them in old Blizzard, and look forward to sharing many more epic gaming experiences made by other companies that were inspired by your old values and old talent.
Good luck with your stock and your eSports,
Blizzard Consumers and Blizzard Fans
TLDR: This is a parody post of Blizzard's announcement from their President that they would be gutting the HotS development team and had minutes ago fired all of their eSports personnel a little over one week before Christmas... after assuring them the league would be bigger and better in 2019. The original post was sickening PR drivel that tried to mask just how bad a thing they were doing https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/blizzard/22833558/heroes-of-the-storm-news .
Update 12/15/18 8:52 PM EST: With this post becoming multi-plat, multi-gold, and multi-silver, I just want to say one more thank you to this community. Every voice matters, and many voices are coming together.
Update 12/15/18 9:33 PM EST: While I am grateful that many of you have cross posted this thread to the other Blizzard subreddits, we know that they are being deleted on many, if not all of those. To avoid having this thread shut down or deleted, let's put all our energy behind this thread here rather than sneaking it into other subreddits (other than the Hearthstone subreddit which currently has it on their front page).
Update 12/16/18 12:20 AM EST: This thread is now trending on r/all . As this might be the last time a Heroes of the Storm thread makes it there, it's been a pleasure. I hope Blizzard understands the reaction to their change in strategies. 2:34 PM EST: Now also on r/bestof and r/hearthstone .
Update 12/16/18 10:08 AM EST: Thank you all for making this thread the NUMBER 1 upvoted and awarded thread in the history of Heroes of the Storm.
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