Activision Blizzard Lays off up to 190 Employees

Layoffs affect various departments

According to a Bloomberg report published yesterday, Activision Blizzard laid off employees across various departments.

These layoffs include 50 employees who were involved in e-sports programming and other live events. This looks to be a direct effect of Activision moving away from in-person events due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The layoffs also include employees from King.com, the developer behind Candy Crush and upcoming auto-runner Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! In all, the layoffs affect less than two percent, or fewer than 190 employees, of Activision Blizzard’s total workforce.

U.S.-based employees who were laid off will reportedly receive 90 days of severance and a year of health benefits. They will also each get “job transition support” and $200 gift cards to Battle.net.

Activision Blizzard continues to have an optimistic outlook, however. The company expects to hire 3,000 people in 2021 as game sales increased due to pandemic-caused lockdowns.


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