It seems that Blizzard won't be particularly jolly these holidays as the company announced cutting back spending on their Warcraft-flavoured MOBA Heroes of the Storm, even going as far as cancelling the Heroes Global Championship.
Judging by the tone of the statement, Blizzard aren't happy with how things have turned out but they had no other choice than cancelling Heroes of the Storm's esports engagements and assigning many members of the development team elsewhere.
Heroes Global Championship and Heroes of the Dorm are both cancelled, although we doubt players will be thinking about it much now that the game's future looks as bleak as Bethesda's colour schemes.
Blizzard said that Heroes of the Storm will keep getting new heroes and events, just not at the earlier tempo. There's no word whether or how many personnel will stay onboard, but we suspect it cannot be many.
The company apparently needs all the staff on the current crop of projects, seeing as how they "now have more live games and unannounced projects than at any point in the company's history". That being said, they claim they're setting up for long term sustainability, but we're somehow doubtful of that.
"This isn't the first time we've had to make tough choices like this. Games like Diablo 2, World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Overwatch, and more would not exist had we not made similar decisions in the past", the company said.
On the other hand, Heroes of the Storm never reached the heights Blizzard hoped it would, as their Dota 2 alternative remained just that - an alternative. Pursuing esports would likely cost a pretty sum and the company hasn't been doing great on the stock market either, so it all sort of came together.
That being said, rumours of Blizzard morphing into Activision and stressing over the most minor of expenditures seem to ring more true by the minute. Employees claim that this was never the case with Mike Morhaime, which then makes the of inebriated Diablo creator much less hypothetical.