Blizzard Entertainment announced today that it is shutting down its online forums, citing “too much busyness” for the games.
The announcement came as part of a statement Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime made about the decision to shut down its forums.
“We know we’ve made mistakes in the past, but we’re determined to fix the mistakes,” Morhaimes said.
“We are taking the long view.
We are focusing on our core business.”
Mojang announced earlier this month that it was closing the forums to “ensure our community remains a vital part of our continued development and growth.”
A Blizzard representative said the forums will remain open as a memorial for Blizzard’s past, though it will be inaccessible for the foreseeable future.
“While the forums have been closed for now, we are working hard to make sure that the games remain online for our players and their communities,” the statement said.
Morhaimes also said in his statement that the company would focus on its core business of games, which includes the popular MMO, Overwatch, and the upcoming Diablo 3.
“Over the past year we’ve taken steps to improve the quality of life for our community, which is why we are investing millions of dollars to make Diablo 3, the next iteration of the popular online role-playing game, the most accessible and fun MMO,” he said.
“At the same time, we have a great team working on a number of other titles, including the upcoming Battlefront II, and we are eager to share those plans with you.”
Mortgage broker Matt Zuger said he was disappointed to hear about the forums’ closure.
“I thought Blizzard was making a lot of money off the games they had been selling online for a long time,” Zugers told CNNMoney.
“I thought that the forums would have provided some of that revenue, but that’s not the case.”
In an interview with CNNMoney, Zuggers said that while he liked Blizzard’s games, he wasn’t impressed with how the company was handling its games business.
“When I was playing the games I was getting pretty disappointed in the quality,” Zugs said.
I would’ve expected that Blizzard would be spending money to do that, rather than making games to sell for $60.
“Zugers said he thought the company’s decision to close the forums was a sign that the business was not growing enough.”
It’s like they’re looking at the world through a microscope. “
But I think the fact that it’s taking a big step back to close these forums at the same moment that they’re being developed shows that they have a very different vision than what they’re doing.”
It’s like they’re looking at the world through a microscope.
I think they’re just looking at it with a very broad lens.
And the games industry has to adapt.
It has to become more like a big-picture business, instead of just a hobby.
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