CEO Bobby Kotick confirmed for me that the top folks at Blizzard have all signed new five year deals. "We realized it would be impossible to compete [with 'World of Warcraft'] and so ultimately my only issue was making sure they were committed for at least five years. They are committed to the franchise in a way we rarely see, since it's something they created from scratch and is their life and livelihood. It didn't take a lot to get them to make that commitment."
Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime also confirmed that his executive team is under new contracts now.