In an SEC filing, Blizzard stated that it was expecting a financial boost. The financial growth was to come from the release of Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2 delayed in 2022. Sadly, certain changes have been made as these titles would now be released in 2023 or further.
The company grows amidst the several lawsuits and allegations and plans to emerge with a more inclusive and welcoming workspace. With this in mind, fans wonder how this affects the company and the esports scene of current games. Through it all, Blizzard is doing everything in its power to ensure the community is well updated and carried along.
During its third-quarter earnings call, Blizzard revealed that the launch of titles such as Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 would be delayed. Blizzard confirmed that they were working with new leadership, especially in key creative roles. During a conference call, Blizzard executives said some of the content planned for next year would require more time to reach its full potential.
Several high-profile departures occurred at Blizzard Entertainment following the company’s multiple lawsuits claiming sexual harassment, assault, and discrimination. Among them were Diablo IV game director Luis Barriga and Overwatch 2’s Director Jeff Kaplan.
The departures have affected Blizzard’s ability to release these games. It seems like both Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 will not be released until 2023. These games are two of the most eagerly awaited titles in the industry. Although their release dates are uncertain, this time will allow Blizzard to grow their creative resources to support both titles fully.
Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 being delayed do not mean the previous games will be halted. The current games are still being played at large. Various exciting content is still being created by the best Overwatch streamers and players out there.
Internal Issues with Blizzard
While J. Allen Brack has stepped down as the leader of the studio, Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra are set to co-lead Blizzard. J. Allen said that he was confident that both individuals would help Blizzard in realizing its full potential.
Mike and Jen are committed to ensuring that Blizzard is the most welcoming workplace for all employees. They will do their best to implement this commitment. Mike and Jen will lead Blizzard with integrity and compassion, and they will work together to deliver an exceptional customer experience.
In the wake of all that’s happened at the company, Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Activision Blizzard, is taking a few steps to ensure that the company is inclusive. Among these, he is waiving all of his arbitration and cutting his salary down.
While the courts continue to play out, both parties are trying to work out a way to avoid facing more significant consequences. To avoid facing more consequences, the company is taking advantage of friction between the two major parties involved. This friction is between the California Department of Fair and Equal Housing and the Equal Employment Commission.
How Does This Impact Overwatch Esports Scene
The indefinite delay of Overwatch 2 will not affect the league’s schedule. Teams will still be able to play with an early build of the game during the 2022 season. Axios reporter Totilo Stephen provided this information on Twitter, who mentioned that his source was the Blizzard PR.
With this in light, some people thought that it would draw more attention to the Overwatch League. Others wondered if it would make it hard to find new talent due to the unavailability of the game. This would make it challenging to gather previous skills from the best Overwatch teams.
The announcement that the season would be played on an early version of Overwatch 2 had fans hoping that the game would be released. However, that hope was dashed when the game was delayed.
Some people raised concerns regarding the delay, but Totilo has added some clarity to the situation. This has assured fans that the Overwatch League will hold amidst other Esports tournaments. The league has not yet commented on the issue, and they have not issued a public statement regarding the season.
The Overwatch League is just as competitive as other esports tournaments and comes with a massive player base. With the assurance that the league will hold, players are sure to be excited about it all. The suspense and mystery behind how the early build will look make it even better.