More layoffs expected at Activision-Blizzard, this time at APAC offices

first_imgMore layoffs expected at Activision-Blizzard, this time at APAC officesCompany confirms around 30 employees face redundancy following announcement it needed to hire over 2,000Rebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterThursday 19th November 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleActivision BlizzardActivision Blizzard is expected to institute another round of layoffs soon, this time at its studios in the Asia-Pacific region.Speaking to MCV following their report on upcoming layoffs, the company confirmed that around 30 employees were facing redundancy. No APAC office closures have been announced yet.The spokesperson also confirmed that the customer support teams and localization teams would not be impacted.”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,” said an Activision Blizzard spokesperson.”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.”Related JobsSenior QA Engineer Gaming Studio Baltic Region UK & Europe Big PlanetLead Game Programmer – Quebec Province Quebec Big PlanetSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games The company has offices of varying sizes and focuses in Shanghai, Seoul, Taiwan, and Singapore as well as Sydney.This is the latest in an ongoing series of layoffs across the company, including more recent shutdowns of offices in Versailles and The Hague, but also saw 800 employees let go in early 2019 — around 8% of the company’s total headcount — at the same time that it reported record profits.This also comes on the heels of the company announcing it needed to hire 2,000 people to meet production demands as it beefed up operations around key franchises such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesActivision Blizzard wins patent lawsuit after nine yearsThe judge ruled that the patents were “not inventions” of Worlds Incorporated, which was suing for infringementBy Marie Dealessandri 5 days agoCall of Duty, King push Activision Blizzard to record Q1 revenuesPublisher’s revenues jump 27% to $2.28 billion as Call of Duty Mobile’s Chinese debut helps drive Activision division sales up 72% year-over-yearBy Brendan Sinclair 7 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more