Activision-Blizzard reportedly planning hundreds of job-cuts

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According to a Bloomberg report, Activision-Blizzard is planning to cut hundreds of jobs.

The report coincides with the impending arrival of the publisher’s latest quarterly results, which are expected to show a drop in earnings: the company’s share-price fell by 2.5 per cent late last week. However, Kotaku reports that job-cuts have been in the offing for Activision-Blizzard for a while: “There’s been no official news from the publisher yet, but we first heard word of upcoming layoffs late last year. At the time, Activision and Blizzard staff told me they expected the axe to fall in February, and I started hearing more and more rumors earlier this week, with whispers suggesting that the layoffs would happen ahead of the publisher’s quarterly earnings call, which is on Tuesday, February 12.”

Bloomberg suggests that the job-losses will be announced on 12 February 2019, and will number in the hundreds; Kotaku adds that: “People who work or have worked at Blizzard told me that they expect Tuesday’s layoffs to be primarily in non-game-development departments, such as publishing, marketing, and sales. Some of those jobs and roles may then fall to Activision proper, further reducing Blizzard’s autonomy.”

2018 was something of a rollercoaster year for Activision-Blizzard, in which, as we reported, CEO Eric Hirshberg stepped down in favour of Rob Kostich, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime was replaced by J Allen Brack and both wings of the company generally saw a shuffling of executive positions.

On the games front, Blizzard cancelled Heroes of the Storm’s 2019 e-sports programme and the publisher lost one of its flagship products when developer Bungie split with it to self-publish Destiny 2.

We’ll bring you news of the redundancies as soon as they are made public. In the meantime, keep an eye on Activision’s website.

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Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.