Activision Blizzard Reportedly Laying Off Hundreds of Staff

By Sam Quirke, 7 days ago
It's not been long since Bungie split from their long-term Destiny partners Activision Blizzard, and now the publisher is facing even more woes — apparently hundreds of staff are at risk of being laid off.

Bungie splitting from Activision and taking Destiny with them was a major blow to the publisher.Bungie splitting from Activision and taking Destiny with them was a major blow to the publisher.

According to Bloomberg, Activision Blizzard is due to make an announcement on Tuesday that "could number in the hundreds" if their anonymous inside source is correct. The changes are aimed at restructuring and centralizing,

Over on Kotaku, Jason Schreier found his own anonymous source who corroborated the news and said that layoffs in the Blizzard arm of the company were expected to hit non-game development departments primarily — areas such as sales, marketing and publishing. It's possible that those jobs would move under Activision's direct control. This particular shakeup could be due to flattening Hearthstone sales and poor performance for Overwatch.

We'll likely get a little more of the story over the next couple of days, but as always our thoughts will be with those affected by these potential layoffs.
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been a Newshound since 2016. He's also been gaming long enough to know what a text parser is. When not hopelessly lost in the latest open-world epic, Sam is busy devouring books and podcasts or trading Pokémon with his wife.