Spoiler alert: Blizzard has always made bad decisions

Especially when it comes to their Game Masters.

Being a superfan

I’ve been a Blizzard fangirl since Diablo 2 was released and was an avid WoW(World of Warcraft) player since it debuted in 2004. I bought every single expansion of WoW as a collector’s edition and never missed any events involving the game. I was a hardcore fan.

Rose colored glasses were mandatory

Everyone that worked there full time was a major fan and I quickly realized you could not speak ill about anything involving the company if you wanted to get hired on full time. This meant that even if a part of the game was buggy, it was not in your best interest to mention it during those three months of temporary time if you wanted a chance to get hired on as a full time employee. A good majority of the time I spent as a temp employee was keeping up a facade that everything was perfect. As a game master, you needed to always be pumped about their games, online and off.

There wasn’t a good ratio of women to men and it showed

I play a lot of video games so I’m accustomed to being around men most of the time. And I’m also used to condescending tones when talking to me about video games. But anything I experienced online did not fully prepare me for working at Blizzard.

The pay wasn’t even worth it

The cost of living is pretty high in Austin. Not San Francisco’s level but at the rate that Blizzard was paying their game masters (11 dollars an hour), it was rare to not meet someone who had 2–3 roommates just to be able to live comfortably.

Will they ever learn?

These were all items that were talked about at length with Blizzard which was always met with silence. Or small victories that were supposed to keep you from asking more questions.

Austin,Texas sober girl. Lover of horror movies, cats, and fitness. Occasional bad poet.

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