Blizzard’s eSports manager caught up in layoffs
The company has made good on its announcement to let hundreds of employees go
At the beginning of the week, Blizzard announced that it would be laying off hundreds of employees. The move comes as the company struggles to regain its footing in the competitive video game market, but the layoffs have also resulted in collateral damage. A senior manager for the company’s eSports division has also been relieved.
Senior Esports Manager and Creative Product Marc S. Olbertz confirmed in a tweet on Wednesday that he was no longer with the company. He stated, “Nearly 14 years ago i [sic] joined @Blizzard_Ent. It was the best time of my life and felt like a family. As of yesterday my adventure has ended. Will miss all of the talented and gifted minds. <3 Blizzard forever. Please continue to create epic entertainment.”
Blizzard seems to be on a downward spiral. It lost its CEO last October, then announced the cancellation of the eSports’ Heroes of the Storm Global Championship last December. It has also produced fewer – and lower quality – games lately, leading some to believe that the end is quickly approaching.
The news doesn’t bode well Blizzard’s eSports participation. Geoff “iNcontrol” Robinson, a former StarCraft player and current announcer, stated on Reddit, “Marc has been working alongside SC2 talent since the beginning. He’s been a big part of the reason why our show looks/runs as smoothly as it does now. It’s shocking someone as senior as him [sic] was let go..it’s also troubling for me as a SC2 talent person to see where we go from here. Obviously the show goes on but they (blizz) must be in some form of disarray and that is worrisome as well.”