Critical Role's stance on the situation:
Almost certainly the former, yeah. And it's a decision that will almost certainly come back to bite them in the rear. D&D is on a high right now given the positive reception it's had in things like Honor Among Thieves and (much more broadly) in BG3, but Hasbro looks to be canning a lot of the team who actually KNOWS what they're doing. It's a bit like firing all the knowledge experts in your business who actually make the products you sell because "grunt level workers shouldn't be paid that much".
That would truly be a disaster. Let’s hope Hasbro/WoTC are at least smart enough to understand that. Larian is the goose that laid the golden egg here.Getting to terms with new guys from WoTC may be something Swen won't have the will to do, especially if someone decides that it would be a bright idea to stick their nose into Larian's creative design process.