Blizzard Pays Employees to Quit; Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Leak; new aRPG Teaser Trailer, and more...


Today’s gaming news topics: The Steam Winter Sale is currently ongoing; Overwatch Christmas claymation video; Blizzard encouraging 100 employees to leave; Red Dead Redemption 2 PC leak and MTX news; PoE Betrayal League patch brings balance; Wolcen Q&A video releases; Lost Ark possibly coming to Russia through new deal; new Pagan Online aRPG teaser trailer; Diablo 3 Season 16 start date and balance patch notes. Timestamps: Steam winter sale: 00:31 Overwatch: 00:46 Activision Blizzard: 01:01 Red Dead Redemption 2: 02:47 Path of Exile: 04:45 Wolcen: 06:13 Lost Ark: 07:36 Pagan Online: 08:31 Diablo 3: 09:59 Links: Overwatch Christmas animation: />Blizzard downsizing: />Bonus Kotaku article on the matter: />Red Dead Redemption 2 PC leak: />Red Dead Redemption 2 MTX: />New Path of Exile Betrayal patch: />Wolcen Q&A: />Lost Ark coming to Russia: />Pagan Online teaser trailer: /> More Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls guides, builds for all classes - Demon Hunter, Witch Doctor, Crusader, Barbarian, Monk, Necromancer, and Wizard: /> ▬ Subscribe for more videos ► /> ▬ Follow me on Twitch to join me when I play: ► /> ▬ Patreon rewards: /> ▬ Follow me on Twitter for updates: ► /> Executive producers: Kiskaloo, MohEternal Special thanks: Brandon Gilbert, matthew Feiteira, russiandood, maianashira, Marvin Atkins, Brian Grygla, recramorcen, Remiehneppo, Edwin Zhu, Neme5i5, TepidTurtle, TheFuuZ, Lamer of Sweden, SmokinWookie, Telionis, MONGAS INC., Terry Lee, Joel Williams, Zeldraga, Valentine Judnich, Tony Duran



Nate C W
The customer service staff was asked to leave because they don't have phones.
Fruit Dealer
We are in the END GAME - Activision
Tarsarian
In 5 years Blizzard will just be a name and that's it. The Golden Age of PC gaming is over for this company! I'm glad I had that chance to play in the old days with great people.
K22 N34_Dingowarrior
Don't need customer service if you no longer care about the Customer's.
Niclas Thomsen
Blizzard was once my religion, now im an atheist
DumbPlays4U
Rip blizzard man, it was a wild ride from start to finish but it just seems like that Activision is really being less subtle with their claiming of Blizzard
Dead Man
Dude some times I hope Activision, EA to just burn down they are ruining video games industry
Crazy Buttboarding Guy
How do you kill Juggernaut companies...let Activision buy you out.
Godzilla8939
Mail.ru, bringing any Corean game to EU isn't a good news, since they add shit tonn of micro transactions and unnecessary donate options like xp potions and so on
Krister Pettersson
GGG is making the bad companies look even worse. They are a testament that a gaming studio can be profitable without shady practices. And they are not alone in this. I feel 2019 is going to be a very intresting gaming year.
Kotik
mail.ru will turn Lost Arc into a pay to win fest the chances are 128%
刹那
Game developers listening to their players ??? stop lying Rhykker :D
jodharry
"Winter is coming..." (looks at Activision-Blizzard stock price)
zaz elamel
Hey Rhykker, this is folks.
Rick Martin
1:05 "not quite downsizing" Wrong: this is exactly downsizing. Voluntary redundancies and compulsory redundancies are both about downsizing, but voluntary redundancies have the advantage that there's no legal comeback, and no need to check for redeployment opportunities. Unfortunately, it has the downside that, almost inevitably, it'll be the better staff - those with greatest experience and greatest chances of getting a new job somewhere else - who'll leave first.
Kirk Just
The situation at Blizzard is a common practice. Typically it is used to offer early retirement in order to cut costs but can also be used as "soft" severance to avoid HR and PR issues.
Alex Derksen
A years salary for doing nothing. God damn thats a nice offer.
That Horror Show
Hm! Something dark is stirring in Activision Blizzard. This is sad.
MaSsYmOoO Volchek
RIP BLIZZARD
Aticz
5:20 As a WoW / D3 Player i cant say more than just: TRUEEEEE
Hoigwai
If they offer RDR2 in a single player format for PC I'd be interested, an online one like GTA I want nothing to do with. I feel really weird about Lost Ark, the MMO aspects are really turning me off tho I want to like the rest of it.
Ron Romano
Don't need customer service if you have no customers. *points to head* :)
LazyLame
So I won't get one-taped by Hillock from screen over? Sweet!
CatfishCarl
I don't think Blizzard would be acting like this if they didn't have Activision over them. I remember how much fun starcraft 1 was when it came out. Thanks for the memories from a PC gamer. RIP BLIZZARD!
Jonathan Taylor
Blizzard had a customer service branch??....who knew.
TheRealTanSeeker
With Red Dead Online, I haven't played it and won't. I don't like what GTA Online became. I'm finally old and grumpy and refuse to play games that annoy me now lol
Rage Axis
Hey man, really enjoy the amount of effort and passion you put into your work. Subbed.
Mîdrak
Air get low for you Rhykker not more long the Blizzard Puppet will get cut!
Vaseler Von
Gotta love EU employment practices. My job went away this Christmas and only got the privilege of training my replacement.
Chris Vu
It's the decision to make Diablo a mobile game ....GG BLIZZARD GG
Bé F
Activision-Blizzard died. [Release spirit]
oniuserjh
wolcen gonna be diablo 4? legendary unique affixes are awesome and is why i liked diablo 3 so having broader (but still unique) affixes seems amazing
Yastaav Padia
It's great to watch a Rhykker video without mention of Fallout 76.
Carlos Reyes
i am most concerned about companies waiting for the reviews and initial sales and then activating the micro transactions, while its not illegal its a D move, so they can avoid the whole EA star Wars debacle. FO76 and RDRD2 are the 2 examples.
Kareem Aly
*sees sword parts customization* MY BODY IS READY
1AshesToAshes1
Thx for years of great entertainment. Because of blizz I met some awesome people. Not going to buy any blizzard product anymore...
dreamyrobot
GGG? Doing good job? Hell yeah.
Kaname
18th of January? I thought that date was familiar... Upcoming version: Σ (18.01.2019) <- median XL Icu blizzard.
Gumlass1
Thanks Rhykker. You're right. the POE patch was magic!
lenandov
Posted 9 hours ago. 67,000 views. Well done sir!
lorvincent
That PoE news was top notch haha! I was surprised at first. I've almost never heard negative news about GGG.
Cody 1989
And fanboys will still vehemently defend blizzard and praise them like they are the best company out there. Blizzard died years ago.
Mitchel Raziel
Activision is DISPICALBE! Poor Blizzard.
IceSun
GGG FTW! take my money! you deserve it! xD
Bad Broccoli
i really love your content. Its so relaxing to get news from here :) Thanks for your work!
Captain Anopheles
Further proof Blizzard hates Europe. Oh, and over in the civilized world, the state provides things like insurance for employees.
Derso
I do have some experience with my.com A browser game ported from the russian version to an english version. Game had way too much microtransactions - spesifcally lootboxes(with astronomically low drop rates). Delays on events. Huge quality gaps between russian version and english version. English version's microtransactions were way pricier and all sorts of in game updates and events that were released on the russian server took a long time to reach the english server. Also - russian server got a mobile app, english server did not. I've played on the russian server a bit, but my russian is really bad and it was pretty hard. Overall feeling I got was that the russian mail.ru team actually loved what they were doing and cared about the community(although the game was p2w). English version felt like they were trying to milk every last penny out of you. Game is warofdragons.com for english Dwar.ru for Russian. Hopefully you see this rhykker! Love your vids!
Erik Bandurič
i think its time to buy new camera, backround looks more focused than you
Pixel Mage
mailru? Oh god, this is really really really bad.
Hoowwwww
Damn 2019-2020 will be interesting for ARPGs !!!
john doe
If Grim Dawn had a proper multiplayer would be imo the best aRPG on the market - still a great game i recommend. For the Wolcen - Auction House.... Really ??
Q8Bart
Employees Squish confirmed @ Activision Blizzard
xxCrimsonSpiritxx
Rhyk I suggest you add a little logo at a corner of the display for when we're talking about a certain company or game,for that added quality of life haha keep it up hombre~
Kyle Reganit
Damn. First Smosh Games, then HH, now maybe Blizzard. I AM NOT READY FOR THIS.
chris c
Why would they get rid of all their talent? That's not a smart long-term plan at all.
Dario Chung
Blizzard wanna hire the same people Bestheda are "employing".
Dank Rafft
Lost Ark is interesting. If my.com publishes the game in EU/NA I'll pass, though. This company is awful, never again.
Abysmal
"Activision Pays Employees to Quit; Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Leak; new aRPG Teaser Trailer, and more..."
Mirra
Blizzard was basically my religion in the past decade and half. But with all that happened in the last 6 month, I can't keep them on the piedestal. How quickly they can turn from good old Blizzard into new (Activision) Blizzard. It breaks my heart, but at least I have Bethesda and Paradox to love. I won't stop playing Blizzard games (as some proclaim to do), but I won't automatically purchase every new game. If Diablo 4 (or Diablo Immortal) turns out to be good, I'll play it. Otherwise, I'll pass...
Александр Друзик
Personal experience with games of mail dot ru usually goes bad the way they put microtransactions is horrible But lets see
bweaty Fingy
My dot com. Almost as bad as Trion! At least when game go's to 100% pay to play + pay to win, they don't try to hide it at all.
BugBunny Easy gaming
I call myself Blizzard Boy. Come on my Blizzard please finish Diablo serie before I get too old to play it. I know everything has its end but we cant end like this. It's always you, only you Blizzard. <3
demos113
Activision = death by a thousand budget cuts.
roflmywaffyl
how blizzard customer service worried about more work when they do practically nothing??
Daniel Gabriel Secară
RDR2 for PC?! You had my curiosity, but now you have my attention!
xxx Ramzzez
Diablo 3 = aRPG , if it wasn't diablo nobody ever play aRPG
G Kon
It was Command and Conquere and nice RTS era... It was BaldursGate and Fallout era... And it was Blizzard era R.I.P. BLizzard
Enkeria
Wait? EU had 100+ employees?!?! :O That didn't show at all in the official forums.
pineapplespaceship
watch the overwatch vid !! on your phone too ! ... (if u hae one)
Shock & Awe Gaming
Hahaha, you make it sound like most companies pay their employees benefits in the first place!
Whiterose Petal Tale
Sigh..rip blizzard i will miss you so much
Keyz
ur work is just so consistent rhykker, so good
Sitkid
Lol it’s ok come on over to POE boys GGG got ya...
Randall Donadio
Holy cow, this Activision invasion is moving quickly. No Blizzard.. PLEASE fight back. I watch the Wrath Gate cinematic and I almost cry. PLEASE fight BACK
Asheira
Thank you Rhykker, for raising awareness of loan-dumping strategies! +1 Internet for you
BrevityIsFTW
STOP giving money to Blizzard.
peralta2912
I don't trust WARGAMING, 7 years into WOT and they have trashed it more every year.
birk248
does anybody have experience with mycum XD
Daath Gnosis
BUT I KNOW THAT THEY WILL COME BACK AND IT WILL BE MAGNIFICENT.
Arvae
fun fact: there is no K at the end of words ending in "Thing"
MindGem
No wait, that claymation video was released years ago.
JokeRGBlazE
We will refer to this moment as The Great Escape
Mikey yy
Red dead 2 is a pretty boring game tbh. Graphics look amazing tho
echooftheshadow
is your video for the Tier list for season 16 still viable looking forward to the Inna Gen monk build wondering if it is still going to be A Tier or if is dropping
Anthony Tosh
There's no point in supporting anything with the name Blizzard anymore cause it's nothing more than a namebrand.
MyPhilippine Life
Rhykker do a video on the new Diablo 2 Median Xl update trailer
Revirg
I know products from Mail.Ru and it's those localisations are always about money investments
Gungrave123
Classic indian HR/CFO story from Blizzard. Seen it so many times now..
RockCh4lk
People don't understand how worker friendly Blizzards deal for CS reps is... A year slaray, are you kidding me!?
Uriel Nino
Blizzard is dying faster than everyone's thought...
2ez4tobi
The prequel of leaving Diablo for good.
pbr-streetgang
Thanks for the vid.
Garlid303
Very disturbing behavior from GGG. How dare they listen to their players!
Kensan Han
Farewell Blizzard , it was fun.
DarkG0d
the game on its own its amazing. but Red dead online is bad as it can be
hehealrite16
Blizzard didn't pay the 120 Heroes of the Storm pros for firing them two weeks before Christmas LOL
Scott Lambert
Just bought both redux versions of the Metro games/dark souls 2 and 3/the witcher 3 and dragons dogma dark arisen for $70. That is 6 games that I have never played (yes I know I am lame) that are all award winners for the price of one new game.
T Swag
mail.ru, my games.com etc, all pay to win. Pay in your $250/month to be good.
Stormspark
I may check out RDR2 on PC if and only if it's 60fps.
alkariane
If it's in France, you can't throw people out without cause. If a company wants to cut some people loose "cleanly", they do a "rupture conventionnelle", that is paying them a year or two worth of salary to quit. Employees that accept that are also garanteed a part of their previous salary each month from the state. So if this move from Activision - Blizzard is in France, it's not an unconventionnal move. It's the smartest move. What it means ? I don't know. Just short of declaring bankruptcy, it's the only clean way to reduce staff. So I don't think you should think it as a "long run" move.