These are grim times for the gaming industry.
I went to bed yesterday preparing to wake up to the news of Activision “cutting costs”. I hoped for a maximum of 200 employees, I feared 700. It’s 775.
But, for when I tried to reassure myself, that better times would be ahead for the game, for the company…
Do you want to know which thought popped into my head?
“Well, at least they will keep people like Ythisens around”.
If you are not someone, who visits the WoW forums, Ythisens is (was…) a very beloved Community Manager. He was welcomed into the community in 2017, and he was the kind of person, who gave us hope. Always active, respectful, and blunt – a mix of qualities that are not easy to come by.
So wakening up to the news, that even Ythisens have been laid off, leaves me with little ability to defend these actions. With little hope.
“Building your way up to the reputation and respect Ythisens had is no easy task.”
Laying off someone like Ythisens at a time where we now more than ever need clear communication is nothing short of bizarre. I cannot help but fear, that this is a very clear sign, a symbol, of what is to come. And I struggle to remain hopeful for the game, because of that.
But despite it all, I am still as naive as can be, and I will at least make an attempt to have this desicion revoked.
I know there are so many employees that have lost their job overnight, and it´s not like Ythisens, is the only one I care about, please believe me.
But for me, he was the shimmer of hope, a shining star, always there with a spot on response. Actively communication with the player base.
Fighting for him to get his position back, is a symbol of not accepting the way, things have changed. Despite how foolish and unfruitful it may be.
Ythisens being laid off is such a clear statement, and I will not have it, until I have done what I can to change things around.
A part of me wonders, if this is just a cruel trick. Laying off someone Activision knows, that the community actively will recognize and miss deeply, then revoking the decision and come out looking like heroes.
Gosh. Look at how quickly hope and naivity can turn into speculation and pessimism. Press on!
But enough about that, for now. That was not the intention of this post.
So, for you, Ythisens…
To everyone else who have been laid off, despite no personal note to you, please know, that my thoughts are with you, just as they are with Ythisens.
Thank you for all that you contributed with to enrich the company, we once knew.
“Do you want to show your support?
Bring out your Zao, Calfling of Niuzao today and rename it Ythisens.
It´s the least we can do, for all who just lost their job.
Let your voice be heard.”
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