Literally, just over a week ago, Activision/Blizzard confirmed that around 50 jobs had been cut. Predominantly focusing on staff involved in eSports or live-video presentations, this was clearly disappointing and saddening news for those involved. It should be noted though that despite this not being received well by the community in general (as job cuts never are), when it was very promptly followed up by the fact that through a rather bizarre contractual loophole, the companies CEO was set to receive a $200M bonus, people were, as you might expect, exceptionally aggravated by this!
Well, if you were hoping that something was going to come along to brighten that overall ethos up, then I’m afraid it’s not coming from us today! – Why? Well, following a report via GamesIndustry, it seems that Activision/Blizzard is shortly set to confirm that even more jobs are going!
It is understood that Activision/Blizzard is, pretty much, looking to shut down the vast majority of its publishing offices located within Europe. Although exact figures are not currently available, it is generally understood that their offices in Germany, France, Spain, and the Netherlands will all close. While the UK office is also expected to shut down, it is understood that it will technically be relocated under the intention of one central Blizzard/Activision publishing office within the UK to cover the entirety of Europe.
One thing, however, is abundantly clear. With so many offices affected, we could potentially be looking at hundreds of jobs being lost here!
Although this will come as scant consolation for those now potentially expecting their P45 to arrive at any moment, we should note that there have been more than a few overtures that Activision/Blizzard is very keen to try and get back on track. You know, actually releasing a decent quantity of games!
The bottom line though is that with the companies financial forecast expected to be released in the coming months, you can’t help but feel that these job cuts are a precursor to some generally unoptimistic figures! That being said though, the CEO giving up his $200M bonus would undoubtedly help!
What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!
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