Company GM Resigns
You'd think having the hottest MMORPG in the world would make life pretty easy. But millions of subscribers and all the monthly fees in the land can't stop clever ninjas. A massive internal leak has revealed Blizzard's release schedule for the next four years. The leak also included financial records, TV marketing budget data, subscriber information and the exact shade of red used on the towels in the executive washroom.
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Blizzard China is the suspected origin of the leak. General Manager Ye Weilun was fired immediately after. No reason was given, but the implicit connection is hard to ignore. The calendar, pictured above, reveals two expansions to Diablo 3, along with Starcraft 2 Phoenix (Q4 2011) and the existence of WOW 4 and 5. These are likely two post-Cataclysm expansion packs.
A completely new game, Titan, is also noted as due in Q4 2014. Further details about the title remain obscure to all but Blizzard's top minds and the dark lord Cthulhu (he's a huge Diablo fan).
Marbridge Daily recently heard from an "industry source" that Ye Weilun's "departure" had actually been planned ahead of the leaks. Blizzard HQ still apparently suspects their Chinese branch. They have "ordered a full investigation" and :"will consider changes to the China office staff".
Which will mean even more restructuring for the already-shaken branch.
The company is also going to battle in Korea. A recent exclusivity deal has lead to several Korean networks broadcasting Starcraft battles without permission from Blizzard. The networks claim that Starcraft is public domain. Blizzard says that is ridiculous, since the game requires constant balancing and development by a paid team.