Recent reports have stated that 209 of the approximate 800 employees were laid off due to Activision Blizzard reconstructing Blizzard’s end of the company.
According to Variety records from California’s Employment Development Department stated that the 209 Activision Blizzard layoffs would be in various areas of he U.S. It is said that the draw down will affect approximately 8% of its workforce. This will also affect teams working on “Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Overwatch, Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Diablo” etc.
Blizzards IT department took the biggest hit with 41 employees laid off while Marketing and Live Experiences lost 29 employees. Global insight department, publishing, quality assurances, mobile, marketing, customer service, finance, and Battle.net also saw layoffs. It seems that the companies revenue have dropped significantly from $2.21 billion in 2017 to $1.79 billion in December 2018.
So whats going on with Blizzard, is this business as usual or are certain games to blame? Hopefully more information on how this will effect the ones playing the games will be revealed in the near future.