It seems that Blizzard is trying hard to dismiss some employees without having to make "official" layoffs in some departments. There are reports that some very tempting offers have been made in at least one European office of Blizzard Entertainment.
In Cork, Ireland, Blizzard offers impressive incentives to hire employees to voluntarily resign from their posts, has allegedly been offered several times in recent months, and some anonymous sources claim the workers have up to paid a salary one year to leave Blizzard.
Reports also indicate that a large number of workers have provided various incentives, some of which claim that there are at least 1
Regarding the reasons for the headcount reduction at the Irish office, reports say that Blizzard recognizes the decline in monthly active users for its titles, resulting in lower overall revenues for the company. The silver at this point is that Blizzard could have easily dismissed these workers with little or no compensation, and instead offered big payoffs to get people to volunteer.
At BlizzCon in November, Diablo Immortal was a negative reception so strong that it affected the company's share price. Investors feared that Blizzard had no contact with its fanbase.