Blizzard reportedly lays off 50 staff in shift away from live events

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Thanks to a report from Jason Schreier at Bloomberg, we’ve learned that Activision-Blizzard has laid off at least 50 staff across parts of the company that worked on live events and in-person activities. Activision-Blizzard’s earnings for the prior quarter saw the company beat expectations with $2.4 billion in revenue.

In statement to Bloomberg, the company said that “Players are increasingly choosing to connect with our games digitally and the e-sports team, much like traditional sports, entertainment, and broadcasting industries, has had to adapt its business due to the impact the pandemic has had on live events.”

In a follow-up post on Twitter, Schreier added that Activision-Blizzard has also laid off an unknown number of staff from across other parts of the company, including Candy Crush developer King. This news comes just a few months after Activision-Blizzard closed its Versailles office, with hundreds reportedly affected.

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Looking ahead, Activision-Blizzard has several major titles in its pipeline, with a new Call of Duty coming in Holiday 2021 and a Diablo 2 remaster set to release later in the year. Meanwhile, work continues on Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4, though neither title will be released in 2021. Blizzard shared updates on these games at BlizzCon 2021 earlier in the year, with a deep dive into how Diablo 4 PvP works, as well as confirming that the development team is working on having cross-play and cross-progression in the game.

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