Blizzard Entertainment is laying off 600 people from their global workforce. The layoffs are part of the result of reviews of the company’s organized structure. Most of the lay-offs are related to non-developers of games. The WoW team will not be impacted.
The lay-offs are primarily related to customer services such as the reclaiming of compromised user accounts. As Blizzard’s WoW subscribers have decreased, the company realized that their customer service manpower far exceeds demand. The lay-offs would not affect the release of their upcoming games like Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Diablo 3, and WoW: Mists of Pandaria.