Microsoft Execs, Devs, Finance, Marketing, and the rest of the #! (sha-bang, joke for the nerds) and kit and caboodle, I’m talking to all of you.
If you are a Microsoft employee and aren’t in a position of power an initiative, bring it up to your management, team members, and the rest of your colleagues with assertive passion.
Up to the present, there hasn’t been a single contender for the unrelenting control Blizzard has had over real-time strategy games in Professional E-Sports for two decades as of 2018. I’m sure most of you reading this already know, but I’ll fill in those not in-the-know. The E-Sports Industry is rapidly maturing and the 2017 estimated revenue surpassed $1bn. The 2017 Global Gaming Industry’s revenue is estimated to have grown $7.1bn to $116bn.
Here is a screenshot of the estimated prize money paid out for all strategy games:
There’s plenty of time for drastic changes in the roadmap for Age of Empires IV, which provides ample opportunity for you to increase profits by filling gaps in the competitive genre whilst capturing new and existing players, turn the heads of your competitors by coming out of left field, and all while earning the respect of the entire industry and community.
Here’s your chance to take decisive action. If you somehow read all of this and didn’t understand where I’m coming from or what I’m talking about, then that’s your sign to do something about it.
It’s ultimately going to come down to strong leadership with a thorough understanding of the task at hand to start now. This entails the creation of a team with those leaders and individuals with industry insight, with experience, soft and hard skills covering many spectrums.
I’m giving you the golden spoon and handing it over. Are you going to take it?
Heck, I just decided if you don’t currently have the resources to fill that team and need the leadership, I’m passionate enough about this industry impacting chance to take the reins and career transition. I’m reaching out directly shortly after my lunch.