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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:40PM (Unverified) said

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I'd imagine there is more to this if it is true.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:42PM Mystal said

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My guess is he either had a serious clash of vision with higher ups, started asking for way too much money, or had some sort of scandal or personal situation.

Still it's a tragedy to see any one in the gaming industry lose their job when Bobby Kotick and John Smedley still have theirs.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 4:49PM (Unverified) said

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"WE NEED MORE PANDAS IN OUR NEW MMO...." "But..." "PANDAS" "I can't..." "****ING PANDAS JOHN, PANDAS"

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 5:02PM Utakata said

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This doesn't really tell us a thing. As far as we know, he got a bit too much into the cooking sauce and pulled a *Tseric at a formal function. Even though it may likely to do with performance issues since this article states no one else was laid off. But beyond that is anyones' guess as to why. And we will likely never know.

*Note: Go look that up incase anyone is wondering.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 8:05PM Mystal said

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@Utakata BUS SHOCK!
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 8:07PM Ehra said

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@Utakata

Tseric will always be my favorite CM, followed closely by Caydiem.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 9:22PM real65rcncom said

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@Utakata

good post.

I agree.. probably performance related or could even be something more serious (personal conduct).

misleading article a bit..
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 5:14PM (Unverified) said

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This guy designed Blackrock Mountain? Good riddance then :).

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 5:20PM Azzura said

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Maybe there are no instances or raids or cities in Titan....so he wasnt needed.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 8:13PM Mystal said

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@Azzura If he's as good as Tigole claimed, I'm sure he'd be welcomed back on the WoW team, or any other team.

When you're that important and supposedly good at your job, and you're laid off from a project that's going full steam ahead, it indicates some other kind of trouble at the office.

Maybe he had a pattern of inappropriate behavior. Maybe he called his boss a dbag at the company halloween party. Maybe he was trying to unionize the office. The possibilities are really endless, and we'll probably never know.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 5:28PM Dunraven said

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I have a feeling it isn't job related but personal or ethical related. Blizzard has very high hiring and Ethical standards..in other words to get a job sweeping floors there you have to squeak...and keep squeaking to keep your job.


I'm betting it's substance abuse or he violated the ethical standards of the company.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 5:38PM (Unverified) said

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@Dunraven

Don't know very many Blizzard employees, do you? ;)
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 5:35PM Mynsc said

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No matter where I look, I see him tied to WoW... how do we know he was indeed working in the Titan team?

Why are you comparing this to mass layoffs from CCP, NCSoft etc when this has obviously nothing to do with money ?

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 5:42PM HokieKC said

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I wonder if he broke some Blizzard policy or rule. Or if being called the 'hero' of Blizzard's greatest selling ever MMO got to his head.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 5:44PM nathanb said

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*troll comment for the day*

Trion will hire him.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 5:58PM J45neoboy said

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@nathanb

If I were him, I'd go to Trion so they can say "We're not in Blizzard anymore."
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 5:46PM Sharuk said

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Maybe he spoke out against the direction Titan was taking a little too much? No one will know the reason but fun to speculate.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 6:17PM jimr9999us said

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I would hesitate calling the firing of one senior designer "lay offs". I agree with other posters speculating it was a firing due to reasons other than Blizz's economic health or the resources being used on Titan.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 6:27PM ReadingRambo said

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Most likely a clash with managers. Someone of this seniority is rarely let go unless its a serious disagreement they can't solve.

He may have been driving Titan in a direction they didn't want to go.

However, with all the new about MoP being very "unexciting" (I quit when I heard it) this is strange news indeed.

Posted: Nov 7th 2011 6:32PM Fabius Bile said

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Probably told the higher ups what an extremly moronic move PoM was, and the yes-men couldnt stand it

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