Blizzard Manager Fired Following Employee Evaluation System Dispute

World of Warcraft Classic's co-lead developer Brian Birmingham departs company

by Excellent Guild

World of Warcraft Classic’s co-lead developer Brian Birmingham has been fired from Blizzard following a dispute with the company over its employee evaluation system, according to GamesIndustry.biz.

Birmingham confirmed he no longer works at Blizzard via Twitter, following an official report from Bloomberg after refusing to lower an employee’s ranking.

Blizzard initially introduced a stack ranking system in 2021, where staff are ranked on their performance, however managers  are expected to give the lowest status.

“When team leads asked why we had to do this, World of Warcraft directors explained that while they did not agree, the reasons given by executive leadership were that it was important to squeeze the bottom-most performers as a way to make sure everybody continues to grow,” Birmingham wrote.

“This sort of policy encourages competition between employees, sabotage of one another’s work, a desire for people to find low-performing teams that they can be the best-performing worker on, and ultimately erodes trust and destroys creativity.”

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