'Activision Blizzard prepares for redundancy round in Europe'

Adrian Ovalle
Activision Blizzard is preparing for another round of layoffs in Europe. Sources from Games Industry report that.

“Choose players It’s increasingly common to stay digitally connected to our games, “said an Activision Blizzard spokesperson.

“We have shared our plans for how we will evolve and adapt as an organization with the teams in Europe. We will take comprehensive action to protect all affected employees. help with this transition. ”

The company says the layoffs are only in the publishing industry, not departments like customer service. Activision Blizzard is currently in consultation with employees in France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The company plans to merge the publishing business into a single entity in the United Kingdom.

Last year, Activision Blizzard already closed a number of offices in France and the Netherlands, among others. . Bloomberg also reported this week that 1 90 Activision employees will be fired in the events branch of the company.

Watchdog CtW Investment Group criticizes Activision Blizzard on the layoffs and the $ 200 million bonus that CEO Bobby Kotick will soon receive.

“While the increase in Activision’s share price is somewhat commendable, as we reported last year and continue to do so, this performance alone does not justify this substantial payout to the CEO,” CtW researcher Michael Varner said in a statement.

Activision Blizzard has not yet responded to the criticism.

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