Over the past few months there have been quite a few number of threads pointing the finger at AB, on some threads Blizzard directly, on others ATVI
and finally on some threads both! =)
I am not going to try and convince the people that have hate, frustration, negativity with this thread. I would much rather have people that are angry
about something we have done because it means we can change your opinion vs people not talking about us at all.
A few people that know I work for Blizzard have asked me what it is like so I figured I would share my day to day experiences around that or working
at Blizzcon. Im not a blind fanboy though I openly admit to having played DIablo for most of my life. Going on my interview was fun when I explained
how I didnt play WoW but I was in a WorldWIde ranked raid guild and lead a casual raid in EQ2 .
To be clear I work in the ITIS department and I am based out of the Irvine Main Campus (IT location). Additionally the nature of my job means I work
closely with and in some cases engineer solutions for both Blizzard and Activision.
Again have at it if someone wants to come and troll, I wont try and change your opinion any at this point as I would prefer that our deliverable's do
that. We have a lot of angry people right now and nothing I say here is going to change that so I am not going to try.
I will never forget my first day passing underneath the classic sign as a Blizzard employee. This is still one of the most surreal and exciting
moments of a 24 year IT career. Once you get past that sign the next thing you see is the courtyard which is dominated by the orc statue and our core
values. The entry way or lobby to each building typically has a large 8-12 foot statue of a character from one of our IP's. People on campus are
creative, passionate and overall pretty friendly. Plenty of great and varied amenities all over campus as the idea is if your employees want to be at
work then they should , in theory, work harder. Blizz def has the work hard and play hard mentality to it. You aren't going to make it here if you
think you are going to just show up and play games all day unless that is your job of course.
At 2 years you get a stein , at 5 years a sword, at 10 years a shield then onward to a ring and helm
Below is an example of the shield and sword in the hallway of one of the buildings.
In late 2018 we launched our current WoW expansion which culminated with a celebration in the courtyard on Main Campus. This was a great time to get
together with everyone and be excited for what was done and what is to come.
Taken from my building this guy greets us every day and coupled with the logo in the background always makes it an exciting or fun day to come to
work. Sorry for the washed out pic , was a sunny day and I didnt line this up correctly.
Worked my first Blizzcon this year and it was damn fulfilling. It was a very long day when I had my shift, after opening keynote and Immortal
announcement chaos, and I was controlling the lines in a section of the merch store. I was on my feet for about 8 hours with a few breaks. For
Blizzcon it doesn't matter if you are an artist, producer, HR or in IT everyone does their part and typically not in a role you normally do. This gave
me a great chance to interact with our community. I got a few snide remarks but I would say 95% of that day was fans or players asking me what it is
like to work here, if I wanted a drink or how how tired were my feet.
This was a cool moment for me as it was taken during the Overwatch tournament where you had teams from all over the world playing the game in front of
a thousands of fans.
I have done my specific part of IT in just about every vertical, healtchare to defense industry to CRM to sales. This current chapter in my adventure
is the most fun and exciting yet. I get to talk to and plan solutions for studios that have and continue to build games that i have played for many
years. I have yet to meet an employee that isn't passionate and isn't afraid to speak their mind. When the new leader of Blizzard is hugging a long
time employee at Blizzard because they just ranted about their concerns then you know that from top to bottom people ultimately care about the legacy
we have. Plenty of things were done wrong, we know that and plenty of things will be done wrong in the future but none of that changes my opinion that
as an employee this is an amazing, fun, rewarding place to work.
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