Blizzard Intends to Acquire Spellbreak Dev Proletariat to Support World of Warcraft

The studio announced its battle royale was shutting down just yesterday.

Update: The original story said Blizzard had already acquired Proletariat, but GamesBeat’s original story has been updated to clarify the deal has not been completed with an altered statement from Ybarra, but it’s still Blizzard’s intent to purchase the Spellbreak studio. This article has been updated for clarity.

Original story follows:

Blizzard has announced it plans to acquire Proletariat just under 24 hours after the studio confirmed it would no longer be supporting its battle royale game Spellbreak.

As part of the acquisition, Proletariat will be supporting Blizzard on World of Warcraft, including the upcoming expansion Dragonflight.

“We are putting players at the forefront of everything we do, and we are working hard to both meet and exceed their expectations,” Blizzard President Mike Ybarra said in a statement to GamesBeat. “A big part of caring for our teams is making sure we have the resources to produce experiences our communities will love while giving our teams space to explore even more creative opportunities within their projects. Proletariat is a perfect fit for supporting Blizzard’s mission in bringing high-quality content to our players more often.”

“We are putting players at the forefront of everything we do, and we are working hard to both meet and exceed their expectations,” Blizzard President Mike Ybarra said in a statement to GamesBeat. “A critical part of taking care of players is taking care of our teams—making sure we have the resources to produce experiences our communities will love while giving our teams space to explore even more creative opportunities within their projects. Proletariat will be a perfect fit for supporting Blizzard’s mission in bringing high-quality content to our players more often.”

The acquisition comes as Activision Blizzard is in the midst of a public lawsuit and scandal regarding its workplace culture. When asked by GamesBeat about the timing of the acquisition, Proletariat CEO Seth Sivak called Blizzard’s efforts to improve workplace culture as “encouraging,” and helped the company decide to go on with the deal.

“We had a very kind of open and transparent conversation about this,” Sivak told GamesBeat. “And I think the Blizzard team recognized some of the challenges they’ve had. In some of the earliest conversations, we discussed just how they were looking at continuing to improve the culture and continuing to make a great place for developers to work. That was encouraging. Obviously, there is a lot of work to be done to continue to make an awesome place for developers to work. But we were pretty happy and satisfied with the direction that teams are going.”

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Activision Blizzard has made acquiring studios and rolling them into established franchise development part of its business model. Recently, Vicarious Visions, the studio behind the Tony Hawk and Crash Bandicoot remakes, was absorbed into Blizzard to work on the Diablo franchise, and lost its name in the process.

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