The developer Q & A originally scheduled for June 6th at 2PM has now needed to be changed, yet again, for the second time. Originally it was scheduled for 2PM and then the Heroes of the Storm live stream was added to be scheduled to run as competition with it, or at least part of it.
After some players complained that blizzard was trying to bury the Q & A by running the Heroes of the Storm live stream opposite of it they begrudgingly gave in and pushed the Q & A back an hour so that it would not run at the same time.
Blizzard was trying to pull a fast one and was hoping that people would not notice it, or would not complain about it, but they got caught with their pants down and had to make adjustments or look even worse in the eyes of an already upset with their recent actions community.
Now it seems they are pushing it back even further, not just the one hour it was originally pushed back for either, but an entire week, as if later that evening or Sunday, Monday, etc, would have been bad for some reason, they needed to push it back an entire week.
I do believe it was a good idea to move it personally but believe moving it to Sunday would have been more appropriate. The reason I support the move was that it would be a lot to ask of the player base that might have an interest in both games, and there are many that do, to watch four straight hours of live streams. So I am not taking a shot at blizzard for pushing the Q & A back, just maybe pushing it back to the 13th of June. It is a solid idea, but it also shows a little bit of the reason the game is in this type of trouble right now.
Mismanagement. That is the power word at blizzard right now. Mismanagement. They mismanaged their time developing warlords, that is why it was so late. They mismanaged what they assigned people to develop, that is why there is so little content. The mismanaged the people who talk to the players, that is why Watcher, and others, routinely have a foot firmly placed in their mouth. Blizzard is all about mismanagement.
That is how they managed to announce what I see to be a very important Q & A that I believe the people want to hear, no, need to hear, and then totally screw it up by scheduling something else at the same time.
Some might point out that it is not blizzard themselves doing the Heroes of the Storm live stream, but it is blizzard themselves that gave the okay for the live stream at that time. Just another case of mismanagement.
This is nothing new for blizzard. They have swung the pendulum to extremes for as long as I can remember. In wrath people complained dungeons were too easy, so they went too far in the other direction and in cataclysm they made dungeons too hard for the masses. In mists people complained about to many dailies that felt mandatory, so in warlords we are stuck with not even one single daily hub at all. Blizzard does not know how to do things in moderation, they only know full steam ahead in one direction or another and this can only be attributed to mismanagement.
So as I said, I agree with moving the Q & A to the 13th of June but what I don't agree with is the fact that they needed to move the Q & A at all. The Q & A was scheduled first. The Q & A is needed for a game that seems to currently be one in turmoil not the brand spanking new game that everyone will be playing because it is new anyway.
Not to mention the Q & A could very well be the make or break point for a lot of people that are looking at other games such as, but not limited to, FF 14s coming release on the 23rd of June with the eyes of someone looking to move on. The longer blizzard does not address their concerns the more likely they are to be upset with them and feel as if their concerns are being ignored.
This Q & A is a very important moment in the history of the game for both the developers and the players and blizzard is throwing it around like it is a meaningless talk about nothing of conciquence which will no doubt leave a bad taste in the mouths of those who really need to hear "the game is going to be fine."
But maybe blizzard knows that, maybe they are not throwing it around as if it means nothing. Maybe they realize that this could be the make or break moment for a bunch of people waiting on every word that comes out of Watchers mouth.
So perhaps Watcher just needs more time to formulate the answers he believes will sound best. Maybe Lore needs more time to pick out the questions that seem to address the concerns of the player base but are phrased in the most non threatening way possible.
Make no doubt that all the questions asked will be carefully selected as to not touch on anything they do not have an answer for and all the answers they do have will be completely 100% scripted so Watcher makes no mistakes saying the wrong thing. Remember, he is a lawyer after all, and he knows his words can be used again him, as they have been recently. So there will be no single word, either in question or answer, that is not preplanned.
So maybe blizzard is not throwing around the Q & A with disregard to the concerns of the player base or because of their ever present mismanagement issues, but because Watcher just needs a little more time to work on his closing argument... oh, sorry, I mean his answers.
Moving it back concerns me because it seems more of a move of politics and less a move with the thoughts of the people it matters most to.