According to a report by Kotaku, Activision is making cuts just like the oil companies are up here in Canada. The company has been laying off “a number of employees across several companies” over the course of this last week. So far the studios affected include “Infinity Ward, Beenox, and other internal studios as well as their corporate office.” This is especially odd, given that Activision’s earnings call claimed that its revenue surpassed that of 2016’s targets.
Kotaku also mentioned that according to their sources, Activision has “laid off 5% of their workforce, although the company’s other divisions, like Blizzard Entertainment and MLG, were not affected.” So the company is a big place, 5% is a lot, but not nearly enough to hurt the Activision in any way. That said, it seems that after the earnings call and Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg expressing his disappointment over Infinite Warfare (which again, may I express, was not a failure in any sense of the word), 20 people were laid off from Infinity Ward.
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Though it’s only February, Kotaku points out that “the publisher’s slate for 2017 is very slim, with only Destiny 2 and a new Call of Duty planned for this year according to [the earnings] call.” However it’s very early in the year yet and E3 is still a ways off. However, when asked for a comment on the recent layoffs, the company stated that “Activision Publishing is realigning our resources to support our upcoming slate and adapt to the accelerating transition to digital, including opportunities for digital add-on content.”
Somehow that’s code for “we need less people.” What do you think Activision is up to? Let us know in the comments below!