Blizzard Entertainment has fired a new scandal chief, according to a WoW developer

Blizzard Entertainment has fired a new scandal chief, according to a WoW developer ...

After all the scandals of the previous two years, another has emerged, one of them being the dismissal of a senior World of Warcraft developer.

Brian Birmingham, one of the primary developers of WoW Classic, was in fact not at fault. Birmingham had only protested a Blizzard personnel policy that has now become public as a result of a Bloomberg article.

It's about a structured employee evaluation process and the fact that there seems to be a predetermined quota of how many employees must receive poor evaluations — regardless of whether or not they are successful. The order apparently did not come from Blizzard CEO Ybarra, but from the parent company, which Birmingham appelled ABK in a lengthy tweet.

Birmingham wrote in an email to his staff that he was forced to downgrade an employee from the average of "successful" to "in development" in order to meet the company's target quota. "When the team leaders asked why we had to downgrade someone, the management replied that it was important to see the worst players among Pushing to make sure everyone keeps growing," Birmingham wrote in the email.

According to Birmingham, this ranking encourages competition among employees, mutual sabotage of work, the desire to find underperforming teams where one can be the best performing employee, and ultimately it undermines trust and destroys creativity. He refuses to continue working at Blizzard as long as this regulation exists.

Blizzard or Activision Blizzard have yet to issue a statement, but the issue should not be ended with Birmingham's dismissal.

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