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.

Via PC GamesN

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3 Comments on Blizzard: Activision Largely Hands Off On Our Games

Adam

On September 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Its a shame to hear Blizzards downfall is all their own doing.

Leon

On September 13, 2012 at 7:36 am

It would of been nice to have someone else to blame.

quicktooth

On September 13, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Wish they never made Diablo 3, or better they had done it WELL. People eviscerated Ubisoft for Always On DRM; but not Blizzard when they did the same. Ubisoft’s backed down; Blizzard keeps stumbling along, like a drug-addicted actor whom no-one wants to believe has a problem because everyone worships them. I remember Blizzard’s good days; I really liked them then.