Gamasutra is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.


Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
June 18, 2019
arrowPress Releases








If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:


Significant layoffs hit Activision Blizzard

Significant layoffs hit Activision Blizzard

February 12, 2019 | By Emma Kidwell




Publisher Activision Blizzard has reportedly begun the process of laying of its staff, following last week's speculation that it was preparing to cut hundreds of jobs.

As reported by Kotaku, Activision Blizzard began notifying its employees who are being laid off across Activision, Blizzard, and King this afternoon. 

In its earnings call with investors, Activision Blizzard says it plans to add talent to key development and incubator teams and reduce administrative and underperforming initiatives (although it wasn't specified what the latter was.)

The publisher went on to say that it expects an overall 8 percent headcount reduction, likely resulting in around 800 staff to be laid off. 

Blizzard president J. Allen Brack told employees that "staffing levels on some teams are out of proportion with our current release slate," according to a note obtained by Kotaku.

"This means we need to scale down some areas of our organization. I’m sorry to share that we will be parting ways with some of our colleagues in the U.S. today," the note continues.

For those being laid off at Blizzard, the note supposedly promised “a comprehensive severance package” and job assistance. 

If you or someone you know has been affected by these layoffs, you can email Gamasutra to share your story confidentially.

This is a developing story, we will update it with more details as they become clear. 



Related Jobs

Vicarious Visions
Vicarious Visions — Albany, New York, United States
[06.18.19]

Server Engineer
New World Interactive
New World Interactive — Calgary, Alberta, Canada
[06.18.19]

Art Director
New World Interactive
New World Interactive — Calgary, Alberta, Canada
[06.18.19]

Web and Backend Developer
New World Interactive
New World Interactive — Calgary, Alberta, Canada
[06.18.19]

Head of Production









Loading Comments

loader image