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Sources: More High Profile Blizzard Staff Set To Leave Amid Morale Problems

Published: 1/Jun/2019 18:46 Updated: 3/Jun/2019 13:09

by Richard Lewis

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Sources have informed Dexerto that several high profile and experienced staff are set to leave Activision Blizzard over the next two weeks. Set to be among them will be Kim Phan, the Global Product Director of Blizzard Esports – someone who has been with the company over thirteen years.

The news comes just a week after Nate Nanzer, the Fortnite Battle Royale and their newly acquired Rocket League.

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The news continues a trend of negative headlines for Activision Blizzard, including hundreds of layoffs being made – despite the company’s latest shareholder meeting proudly announcing a “record revenue year.”

ActivsionScores of employees have been let go from Activision Blizzard after having a record year.
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They were also criticised for treating their customers with contempt during a disastrous announcement of Diablo mobile, where the developers chided the crowd with comments such as, “do you guys not have phones?”

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  • Read More: Call of Duty and Overwatch teams especially.”

    Blizzard EntertainmentSources say Pete’s influences in the development of the Overwatch and Call of Duty leagues are bringing down morale.
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    Vlastelica is the President and CEO of Activision Blizzard esports, who joined the company in 2016 from FOX Sports. In his previous role at FOX, he oversaw their digital output and content creation. Some people at Blizzard feel this doesn’t necessarily equip him to make decisions about what is best for esports, due to the noted differences between the markets.

    “Right now, there’s a feeling that a lot of the senior management just don’t understand esports,” another source close to the situation said, “but there is no room for negotiating with these people. They are convinced their vision, which is more in line with televised sports, is the right way to go and it has just made people miserable.”

    DICE SummitAfter hundreds of layoffs at the company, it seems executive members will be making their exit soon.
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    It’s not clear exactly how many people will be leaving in the latest round of internal changes, but there were several other names of some experience on the list that was passed to Dexerto. 

    While we have chosen to omit those names from the report, the resignation of Phan, whose incredible tenure at the company has made her synonymous with Blizzard esports for many, stood out as especially newsworthy.

    We are currently awaiting further comment on this story and will bring you updates as and when they are available.

CS:GO

HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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