Recorded Sunday, August 8, 2021 2000
Ctrl Alt WoW Episode 718 - 20 New Job Openings, Just Not For JAB.
Aprillian, Constraxx, Grand Nagus and guest hosts discuss another week of playing World of Warcraft, Blizzard's greatest MMORPG. The show features audio segments and email submissions from our lovely listeners. Guild Round up from Constraxx.
If you want to join the conversations on the show, we have a live chat room with in-game giveaways moderated by chatroom-guru Constraxx. We record Live on our Twitch.tv page twitch.tv/ctrlaltwowpodcast
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This week in WoW:
ENDING Tuesday (reset) :
Timewalking: The Burning Crusade
PvP Brawl: Gravity Lapse
BEGINS Tuesday (reset):
Torgast: Beast of Prodigum
PvP Brawl: Comp Stomp
Battleground Bonus Event
Sanctum of Domination LFR wing 3 opens
What We've Been Doing:
Blizzard statement from Aug. 3rd.:
“Starting today, J. Allen Brack will be stepping down as the leader of the studio, and Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will co-lead Blizzard moving forward.”
They specifically don’t refer to him as the President anymore, just as “Leader”, simply because neither Jen nor Mike will hold that title. Corporate speak is everything, in this case.
AVB Q2 earnings call:
Blizzard had 26 million MAUs (Monthly Active Users) in the second quarter, down from 27 million MAUs in the first quarter, down from 29 million in Q4 2020, down from 30 million in Q3 2020, and down from 32 million in Q1/Q2 2020.
So continues down hill slide, even though Shadowlands was the record breaking game it was, the MAUs didn’t reflect that.
[World of Warcraft] Subscriber numbers and hours played were higher following the release, demonstrating the importance of Classic in enabling more ways for players to engage.
That tells me they want to distract from the support for Shadowlands, again corporate speak for yeah, product model X sucks, but look here product model Y is just awesome.
It looks like Blizzard is hiring for 20 new job positions now for World of Warcraft (after they fired 800-900 staff in the entire company a couple of years ago).
I wonder how that announcement is linked, if at all, in the wake of the lawsuits we all feel.
Oh yes, i said lawsuits, as in multiple.
We got a new lawsuit on the day we had the earnings call.
Activision Blizzard Faces Second Lawsuit Over First Lawsuit
A class action lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court of Central California on behalf of investors alleges that Activision Blizzard’s intentional failure to disclose its ongoing problems with sexual harassment and discrimination artificially inflated the company’s stock value. In layman’s terms, if investors had known the extent of Activision Blizzard’s issues, they wouldn’t have invested in its stock. - Kotaku article from Aug. 3rd 2021
Bobby Kotick quotes:
“The goal that I had in bringing a lot of the packaged goods folks into Activision about 10 years ago was to take all the fun out of making video games.”
That is a 180 on Blizzard's goal for making games.
“I think we definitely have been able to instill the culture, the skepticism and pessimism and fear that you should have in an economy like we are in today. And so, while generally people talk about the recession, we are pretty good at keeping people focused on the deep depression.”
This is how you get bad games. Not saying he didn’t earn money off of them, cause clearly he did, but the player was just a cash cow to be milked.
Increased experience earned from Timewalking dungeon completion by 50%.
Developers’ note: There was a bug introduced in 9.1 that caused Timewalking to give much more completion experience than the UI advertised, ramping up more the lower-level the base expansion was, which is why this wasn’t noticed with Warlords of Draenor Timewalking a few weeks ago. The intent is for all Timewalking weeks to give comparable experience – we put in a quick fix last night and have deployed the proper fix today. We also took the opportunity to recalibrate Timewalking experience and increase it.
Each week GrandNagus takes a closer look at some of the most useful World of Warcraft addons out there.
Addon(s) of the week: MoveAnything
There is ElvUI as a suite of addons / modules with a grid to move and scale UI items, and then there is MoveAnything for people that just don’t want all the things ElvUI has, JUST to get the move / scale feature it has.
For those, MoveAnything is an alternative, not the same features, but an alternative.
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Guild Updates: June 13 to June 20
Last week’s 60’s:
Time Flies When You’re Having Fun:
Time Flies When You’re Having Fun:
Guild Chat App - Discord
Trying a 24/7 chat app for guildies to join and just keep in contact and have chats with during IRL :) Also has a voice channel just like vent/mumble! And very easy to use! :)
The App is Discord - https://discord.gg/0gr8ON8GpXJQrJHy
And we have a CtrlAltWoW Server - so check out the link above for invite.