Maybe you've heard about Blizzard laying off 600 employees, most of which work in WoW's customer service, maybe you haven't. The problem with Blizzard is the same as Nintendo, namely that people delude themselves into thinking they're in it for the fans, not for the money. What makes this especially weird is that people STILL think this when Blizzard is owned by real-life Scrooge McDuck Bobby Kotick. However, Blizzard still operates independently from Activision... but I digress.
Blizzard seems to have a lot of so-called "fans" who don't have the slightest idea about how private companies work: when employees are no longer needed, you can't keep them. And when Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime announced those layoffs... well, the crap hit the fan pretty quick. Accusations of greed and whatnot were all over the place, with total idiots claiming this was done just so Morhaime could keep his $17M annual pay (real number), and buy a 24-karat gold toilet for his mansion.
Newsflash: Blizzard is a private corporation, its primary goal is profit. With WoW's base dwindling quickly, of course they won't need nearly as many people for customer service, especially since the way I understand it (I wouldn't know, I don't play WoW) they improved the CS process to treat demands or something. And now there are calls for boycotts. ARE YOU SERIOUS? If you boycotted every company that laid off redundant employees, you'd be naked, you wouldn't be eating anything and you wouldn't have a home. Blizzard does what every private company does, and somehow the reactions are completely different. Look, just because it's very, VERY profitable doesn't force them to make unneeded expenses. Apparently big corporations are nonprofit organizations now. Either they don't have the slightest clue how the world works, or they're hypocrites blinded by a false reputation Blizzard has.
Don't get me wrong, it sucks for those who got fired, but not only did they get good severance packages, but just having Blizzard's name on their resume will ensure that they don't wait forever before finding a new job. I'm just staggered at the general reaction not mirroring mine.