Blizzard: Activision Largely Hands Off On Our Games
It’s tempting, especially with the history of EA to look at, to assume that once a ginormous corporate entity acquires a smaller developer, they will begin to ruthlessly meddle and micromanage it until they’ve turned it into nothing more than a money-dispensing brand name. That’s certainly been a fear for fans of Blizzard games in the years since the company merged with Activision. But in a recent Reddit AMA, Blizzard’s Tom Chilton straight up denied any meddling by Activision, saying:
I’ll come out and say it. Activision gets an unfair reputation among our players for this, as does Bobby Kotick. We do demos for the Activision executive team about twice per year (sometimes only once). They ask intelligent questions about why we’re doing what we’re doing, but at no point have any mandates (or even “suggestions”) about the game’s design been issued.
That’s pretty final. And I believe it, since Blizzard makes so much money that the Activision half of the company can’t really argue. It’s too bad this isn’t the norm. I’d love to know what could have been done to prevent some other companies from coming to ruin.