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One day after announcing their Q4 financials did pretty well, Activision has laid off about 5% of their workforce. This includes their corporate offices and internal developers like Infinity Ward, but doesn’t include other parts of the company like Blizzard or MLG. No word why Activision decided to make such a brutal cut, but their financial call did underline how Blizzard was over-performing and titles like Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare had under-performed. This could be a way to refocus on the portions of the company that are making significant portions of revenue while trimming the areas that simply aren’t performing up to standards.
It’s still doesn’t seem fair to anyone now left looking for a job when the company is clearly doing well. Sure this is all internal business decisions, and I doubt Activision was attempting to be outwardly malicious, but it sure doesn’t look good. With not much lined up for fiscal 2017/2018, and the potential struggles of Destiny 2 , Activision will really be riding off of Blizzard.
Here’s hoping everyone effected lands on their feet.
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