Activision cuts 30 jobs

Call of Duty publisher layoffs affect one half of one percent of total headcount, are a result fewer licensed games to be released in 2013.

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Activision Publishing has confirmed to Kotaku today that it has laid off 30 employees (one half of one percent of its total workforce) in a business realignment related to the company releasing fewer licensed games in 2013.

"Like any successful business, Activision Publishing consistently works to align its costs with its revenues; this is an ongoing process. In 2013, we expect to release fewer games based on license properties and as a result are realigning our structure to better reflect the market opportunities and our slate," the company said in a statement.

"Approximately, 30 full-time employees have been impacted globally, which represents approximately one half of one percent of Activision Blizzard's employee population," the statement continued. "We are offering those employees who are impacted outplacement counseling services."

Licensed Activision games due for release in 2013 include The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Deadpool, and the first of three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games. Activision's James Bond licensing deal is reportedly set to expire.

Of the 30 cuts, some came from Call of Duty: Black Ops II developer Treyarch Studios. Activision said these layoffs are not out of the ordinary and will not affected the release of future downloadable content.

"Now that we have launched Black Ops II, we are taking a minimal reduction in staff to better align our development talent against the needs of DLC development," the company said. "The release of the DLC will not be impacted by this move."

Discussion

93 comments
clqtte
clqtte

The greedy boss wants the remained employees work double....It is labor standard these days and forever...

cmat35
cmat35

Thanks again Obama

CaptainGamespot
CaptainGamespot

i don't like activision, but my heart goes to the employeess.

Fursnake
Fursnake

"Like any successful business blah blah blah...[cut to] Approximately, 30 full-time employees have been impacted globally".

So Activision, you just can't say the word 'fired' or even 'let go'? LAME! Tell those employees all about your success, I'm sure it will make it all better.

But hey, it's only one-half of one percent of your workforce...so it's no big deal, right?

jhcho2
jhcho2

30 layoffs out of 6000 total jobs? Sounds like an monthly occurance for most companies.

Random_Virus
Random_Virus

Why is it news when a game studio lays people off?  They do this all the time.  It's indicative of the industry as a whole, bulk up for a project, lay people off.

I feel bad for people who wasted their college years learning game design to get into an industry that forces you to be a nomad, going from one crummy overworked gig to the next.

LIBERAL ARTS FOR LYFE!  

SeAzhrei
SeAzhrei

And to think "one half of one percent" is considered a positive spin. Good luck to them.

onixevil
onixevil

No Infinite Ward .Not a big fan of them any more .

Kayweg
Kayweg

This is not news, that's a non-event for everybody but the 30 people concerned.

Must've been a slow day on games news.

aminal85
aminal85

Activision had 6000 employess?!

Kr3isen
Kr3isen

They are swimming in money yet still cut 30 people simply becouse theyll have less games coming out in 2013? That is fucking horrible..........

carolino
carolino

cause 29 like rpgs and 1 did not buy the latest map pack

Nationalist_80
Nationalist_80

The super rich is so damn greedy that it's sickening!

badiie05
badiie05

Activision saving every cent loll

porkchopgamer
porkchopgamer

Do what you need to....just get me my annual dose of call of duty!! 

Tygraph
Tygraph

Because they haven't profited billions off the last 3 COD titles in 3 consecutive years? 

Patohua1
Patohua1

0.05% of people lost their jobs? and how is this news? that is literally the smallest number possible lol. That's sad for them, but I mean most companies lose more than that per year anyway...

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

I just feel sorry for those that lost their jobs!

HAZCHEM88
HAZCHEM88

Should have started at the top

steelmouth
steelmouth

damn activision it want all that COD money all to its self

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

They are rats..

make millions of dollars then cut the staff who made these games and keep making money off them.

F U Activision!

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

This isn't news, and it's not something anyone should give a rats ass about.

As evidenced by the flood of non sequiturs in this thread, all far more interesting than hearing about 30 people who made games no one wanted (rightfully) losing their jobs.

deathwish026
deathwish026

this makes sense... it only takes 5 idiots and a lebanese monkey to polish and grind out a new call of duty game...

91210user
91210user

Activision done it again... they gave out and confirmed more bad news.

SC-Genjisamurai
SC-Genjisamurai

Words cannot express how much I hate Activision. What they need to do is sell the company off to someone else who would make use of its resources to produce good games!

ItsTheSasquatch
ItsTheSasquatch

Lay off 30 executives and you'll be getting somewhere. For the same price, they could probably afford 300 actual game developers, and well-paid ones at that, with the added benefit of having 30 fewer do-nothing money pits sitting around pretending to be people and wasting air.

jayd02
jayd02

You don't need that many people to make one game a year.  On top of the fact that the guys who don't make the game but just pick who does what need more money because the millions upon millions that they make all year around (including the DLC at this point) isn't enough for them.

djpetitte
djpetitte

well i dount they need too many people working on the cod games. they can put one of those together in a couple weeks.

garrysempire
garrysempire

with these trying times, all i can say is good luck to the employees

ItsTheSasquatch
ItsTheSasquatch

@PSYCHOV3N0M 

 I'd prefer "ACTIVISION BOARD MEMBERS FIRE BOBBY KOTICK, THEN KILL THEMSELVES." Kotick may be the current face of corporate villainy in the game industry, but there's a hell of a lot more than just him behind it all. The upper levels of EA, Ubisoft, and especially Sony ("we can take away advertised features, sue you for trying to get them back, and then force you to sign away your right to sue us--also, we're the kingpins behind both the RIAA and MPAA and we basically own your government") are all equally responsible for industry's increasingly anti-consumer tactics.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@PSYCHOV3N0M And then they get someone similar or even worse to replace him, I'd wager. Just because they fire someone doesn't mean Activision's active vision will change.

GriffinBalls
GriffinBalls

@Patohua1 Wow, someone failed maths at school.

One half of one percent is half a percent 0.5%

Elann2008
Elann2008

@Patohua1 

True, but still sad compared to how much Activision makes.  But Acti has to re-align.. and re-align again.. wait.. they're not done.  More realignment.  

In other news, the company I work for just laid off 600 people.   And we make  a helluva lot less than Activision.

HAZCHEM88
HAZCHEM88

@Patohua1 That's definitely not the smallest number possible

SonicSP
SonicSP

@HAZCHEM88 Last time I checked, the company was doing well financially, the execs are doing their jobs they were hired to do and keep doing. When the COD bubble bursts and the company starts making losses, THEN the company can start firing execs. Fact of the matter is, companies let go of lower level staff go all the time when they feel they are no longer needed. Not just in Activision and the gaming industry, but any industry period.

HAZCHEM88
HAZCHEM88

@SonicSP I'm well aware of that, Sonic. I merely pointed out my distaste for Bobby Kotick.

deathwish026
deathwish026

would love to know how you came to that conclusion from reading a 2 sentence joke.... from what you have said i can tell your not a man who oves pickles

SonicSP
SonicSP

@HAZCHEM88 @SonicSP Alright then. I'm not really fond of the direction the company is taking either.

Hugoboss0889
Hugoboss0889

@deathwish026 

oh you were joking? my bad i didnt realize you were purposely trying to sound like a ignorant idiot

my mistake