A month ago, the CEO of Activision Blizzard confirmed intentions to hire more than 2,000 employees.
Bad news seems to come from Activision Blizzard. As the medium points out MCV exclusively, the company that has in its possession sagas as Call of Duty o World of Warcraft prepares to lay off more than 100 company workers. In addition, according to sources close to the aforementioned media, it seems that the company plans to close more offices, in addition to those of Versailles and The Hague which closed its doors last October.
At the moment, the company has not commented on the matterAs the British portal points out, the Activision Blizzard staff found out just a few hours ago the news, which has not yet been made official. They indicate that the marketing, public relations, customer service and localization staff they are the most likely to lose their job. Bad news without a doubt, in the absence of knowing the definitive consequences and that extends over time: more than 800 employees were laid off in February 2019.
Apparently, the reasons for this have not been stipulated. MCV’s source, who wanted to remain anonymous, indicates that the company intends to proceed to outsource assets for its future projects. Also, he makes some pretty harsh statements about it: “Part of Activision has no faith in community service. They think their games sell themselves and prefer to invest millions in a Beyoncé tweet talking about Call of Duty instead of hiring a bunch of good people. “
MCV also indicates that it has contacted Activision Blizzard to verify the information, but They have not answered for the moment. The layoffs have not been made official either, but we will have to wait to find out what happens in one of the large multinationals in the sector. It is curious that this information comes after a few weeks ago, Bobby Kotick, CEO of the company, announced the intention of reinforce its workforce with 2,000 employees.
UPDATE: Activision Blizzard has responded to the report of layoffs at the company.
Speaking to MCV/DEVELOP, an Activision Blizzard spokesperson stated:
“We’ve been exploring how we might best integrate our capabilities across the business and be efficient as we evolve to meet growth opportunities and stay competitive in Asia Pacific. To that end, we have begun conversations with employees regarding a plan to centralize some roles across the region in our Sydney office. Decisions of this nature are never easy and supporting our employees through this process is our number one priority.”
MCV/DEVELOP can also report that the customer support and localisation teams are not affected by these layoffs, and Activision Blizzard states the actual number of employees facing redundancy is closer to 30. No APAC office closures have been announced.