Well, sadly it was bound to happen. It happened right after the 3e launch too. Wizards announced an innocuously-worded “organizational alignment” the other day. It turns out that a number of people have gotten the axe including Mike “Gamer Zero” Lescault and Linae Foster, D&D Licensing Manager. More to come I’m sure. (P.S. Scott Rouse says they’re still making headway on a GSL revision despite this.)
In other WotC news, I’m a little concerned that Wizards is being referred to by Hasbro as their “digital strategy.” In the Hasbro Q2 2008 earnings call, they only mentioned Wizards thus: “During the quarter, we continued to invest in our digital strategy, including the Wizards of the Coast initiative and building our business with Electronics Arts.” Conspiracy theories about them looking to sunset traditional pen & paper D&D with an ‘electronic’ revenue stream may commence.
This is mildly complicated by Wizards’ Senior Manager of Technology PMO flipping out and murder-suiciding his wife. Sad, and with the recent closing of Gleemax too, seems like there’s a lot of flux at the moment. Hasbro seems to be leaning on the digital angle heavy but will they be able to execute in this environment?
What does this all mean? Jeez, I dunno, but I’m guessing chaos + turnover doesn’t bode well.