View Full Version : NCsoft Hires World of WarCraft Team

06-05-05, 10:45 PM
What we heard: An ever-increasing number of sites--including QuartertoThree.com and MMhell.com--are citing the post on Grimwell, which flatly states that "NCSoft just stole a team of developers from Blizzard in Irvine, CA." According to the site, NCsoft has been wooing away Blizzard designers working on the first World of Warcraft expansion. To make jumping ship more attractive, the company has reportedly opened a new office in Irvine, so potential defectors won't have to relocate to NCsoft's US headquarters in Austin, Texas. As evidence of the defections, the conspiracy-minded point to the massive number of new job openings listed on Blizzard's own Web site--positions allegedly vacated by recently departed employees. But while Blizzard did not respond to GameSpot's requests for comment, NCsoft confirmed its digs in Blizzard's backyard. "NCsoft has opened an office in Orange County and we have a development team there working on an unannounced project," said a rep for the company. (The rep would give no further details on the new game, as it is "a long ways off.") However, a source close to NCsoft told GameSpot that the publisher had indeed lured a passel of Blizzard developers away "a long time ago." "It's not even new news, really," said the source, who declined to say how many designers had switched employers. However, seeing how internal NCsoft studio ArenaNet was founded by a group of former Blizzard-ians--the creators of Battle.net, no less--it would come as little surprise if more WOW developers had signed up with the rising publisher.


06-05-05, 11:08 PM
Should have pointed out that this is from the Rumor Control news report, As for NCSoft hiring Blizzard employee's... its not the first time, Guild Wars anyone?

06-06-05, 01:56 PM
does this mean blizzard is the best company ever, or does this mean they treat their people like they treat the horde

06-06-05, 01:58 PM
NCSoft probably is offering more then Blizzard is willing to. NCSoft is still trying to grow here in the US.

Vagrant Zero
06-06-05, 08:18 PM
Blizzard is Vivendi's Bitch these days. No wonder people are leaving in droves.

06-06-05, 11:26 PM
Before Vivendi they where owned by some other huge coperation.. might have been Universal, I don't remember. It had no effect on their work, kinda silly to assume it does now.

06-07-05, 01:17 AM
Blizzard was always owned by Universal, Which then merged with Vivendi so yeah theres no real diffrence. I mean look they are still able to delay games for the hell of it...

06-07-05, 04:43 AM
I imagine with the kinda of Numbers Blizzard pulls for a small company, Viviendi gives them all the room they need/want. hell WoW alone has got to be bringing 15 million per month.(unadjusted gross)

Vagrant Zero
06-07-05, 01:23 PM
Before Vivendi they where owned by some other huge coperation.. might have been Universal, I don't remember. It had no effect on their work, kinda silly to assume it does now.

Why the hell do you think Bill Roper left in the first place? Blizzard has already lost 3 major groups of developers who have gone on to form Flagship Studios, ArenaNet, and I forgot the other [they were making a platforming game for the consoles]. I don't know about the other two, but the team from Flagship left Blizzard specifically because they didn't like how Vivendi was running things. And now even more people it seems have left for NCSoft. The Blizzard that made Diablo 2/Starcraft is completely dead these days. D2/SC fanboys can go home now.

06-07-05, 05:43 PM
Bah, tey still own the franchise, with all due respect D2, while an awsome game, is not and never was very technical, any decent team could make a good sequel, Action RPG's are easy to make, look at Fate, 2 people made it, and mostly 1 guy. Just take FATE's graphic engine and combine it with D2 Art/Skills/Characters and voila D3.

06-07-05, 05:49 PM