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CaughtCross

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How much does Blizzard pay the top guys if Alex is able to skip off to Hawaii? Or did he have really good investments on the side?
 

Chris

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lol I love how its now a 'fact' that Alex was fired because of this and not just speculation.
Do we think that he made enough money to retire to Hawai and has no further aspirations or being a game dev?

Or was he taking some time away to put some distance between him and the allegations?
 

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The funny thing is, 9.1 would actually be pretty fun if the loot system wasn't so stingy and broken. Do they really think the number of people who unsub quit because they got all their loot for the season is greater than the people who unsub because the loot they want never fucking drops?
 
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How much does Blizzard pay the top guys if Alex is able to skip off to Hawaii? Or did he have really good investments on the side?

From when I played with him, he claimed to be fairly well off after inheriting money from his father. I also think hes in about his mid 50s now.
 
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CaughtCross

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Guess he did have money, this was his house in CA. You can see Blizzard stuff in the pictures.

 
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How much does Blizzard pay the top guys if Alex is able to skip off to Hawaii? Or did he have really good investments on the side?

He was there since before launch. I'd guess his royalties over the years were pretty good considering at one point it was making over 1.3B per year in revenue.
 
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Comrade Araysar

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How much does Blizzard pay the top guys if Alex is able to skip off to Hawaii? Or did he have really good investments on the side?

a simple google search for his name reveals his address in Newport Beach CA, where the house was purchased for $1.9M in 2017, then listed again for sale for $2M at the end of 2018 - heres a photo of the office, sooo its probably accurate

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While tinfoil hats are trying to lump Tigole in with this, I don't think that was the case. It seems more plausible that it was just part of all the OG Blizzard getting the boot or leaving and he got forced out as well. If you look at the other narratives coming out of this (billion dollar franchise pushes and prior indications that Jeff was pushing back against turning Overwatch into another Call of Duty mass production), I think it is more likely he got pushed out because he said "no" too many times to Activision higher ups and no longer had the protection inside Blizzard to do that.
 

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While tinfoil hats are trying to lump Tigole in with this, I don't think that was the case. It seems more plausible that it was just part of all the OG Blizzard getting the boot or leaving and he got forced out as well. If you look at the other narratives coming out of this (billion dollar franchise pushes and prior indications that Jeff was pushing back against turning Overwatch into another Call of Duty mass production), I think it is more likely he got pushed out because he said "no" too many times to Activision higher ups and no longer had the protection inside Blizzard to do that.

Do we think it's different with Furor because he'd never fail to take an opportunity to gargle corporate balls, e.g. he really loved badges?
 

Elidroth

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Alex had a pretty substantial property even back in the old days from what I remember of pictures of FoH get-togethers.

Living in Laguna Nigel isn't cheap.. I doubt it's relevant to the issue at hand though, so I'm not going to speculate.

FWIW, I've also talked to female former co-workers who worked with Alex who said he was nothing but supportive and great to work with. I suspect there is a fair amount of the '3 sides to every story' going on here, but suffice to say the horrific shit definitely happens within the gaming industry. The shit I saw at several of the E3 parties I attended literally caused more than a few fist fights between people over the way some women were treated. Usually some drunk ass does something shitty to a woman co-worker, and her boyfriend/husband gets into it.
 
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James

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This was the party I went to, different house than that one: Facebook

Reasonably sure there was 0 sexual harassment going on that night, but I got pretty smashed towards the end.
 

Cybsled

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Anyways, current "inside" rumor is that they have paused work on WoW. While maybe the lawsuit has a bit to do with it, I suspect the past few weeks of WoW getting eviscerated are the straw that broke the camel's back. I wouldn't be surprised if big shakeup announcements are made soon, but I suspect they will need a new roadmap to layout before they do that.
 

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How much does Blizzard pay the top guys if Alex is able to skip off to Hawaii? Or did he have really good investments on the side?
Well, the head of HR (a woman) gets paid 3-4 million/yr (which isn't enough according to the lawsuit).
 

Kuro

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On the plus side, if everyone gets fired and blizzard relocates to Texas and hires new staff, that probably increases Diablo 4s chances of not sucking when it releases in 2034
 
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