Esfand interviews former Blizzard community Manager Ythisen live on Twitch.
After last weeks ClassiCast, Esfand had a chance to bring on Ythisens, Former Community Manager for World of Warcraft, to talk about his experience after the recent Activision-Blizzard Layoffs. For those of you that don’t know, Activision laid off nearly 800 Blizzard employees after their latest earnings report.
Ythisen talks about how his history at Blizzard. He started off as a temp employee through a contract company for a couple months. After his temp contract ended, he was lucky enough to get hired on. Even though most his work was on the game Overwatch during his time as a temp employee, he was hired on to work on World of Warcraft during the legion launch.
After a couple months he went to Blizz-Con for the first time as a Blizzard Employee. However, before making his way out to Cali, he applied for a program to transfer from Austin, TX to Irvine, CA. He states that his manager recommended him for the job saying he pretty much had no roots and should make the plunge. After special approval he was offered the job and moved out to California. Ythisen goes on to talk about all jobs he went through to make his way up to community manager.
He goes on to talk about how the whole process of being laid off occurred and what affect it had on everyone. On the day of the lay off he made a quick tweet on his twitter account about the lay off which ended up going viral. The former Blizzard Community Manager received quite the response from the community.
There is plenty of great content in that video for you to listen to.
Toward the end of the video Esfand brings up Ythisen’s Twitch account to the chat. In doing so well over a thousand people went over to his page and hit the follow button, as well as over 200 people smashing the sub button. In days since he has been streaming World of Warcraft on his channel. Be sure to check it out.
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