Activision Blizzard plans to close its editorial offices in Europe and lay off more employees in the process, according to a new report from GamesIndustry.biz.
In a statement provided to GamesIndustry.biz, a representative from Activision Blizzard explained that the move comes as a result of gamers “increasingly choosing to connect to our games digitally.”
“We have shared plans with our teams in Europe on how we would evolve as an organization, adapting to this change to serve our players and better position the region for future growth,” the statement continued. “We will take important steps to support all employees and ease the transition for those of our colleagues who could be affected by these proposed changes.”
This is the latest of several rounds of layoffs that have affected Activision Blizzard staff over the past two years. In February 2019, the publisher announced that it would be reducing its workforce by 8%, or about 800 people. Later that year, restructuring saw the loss of more than 200 more jobs. In 2020, the corporation closed their offices in Versailles, France, and then earlier this week made drastic cuts to your esports staff.
This hasn’t stopped executives from gloating and personally benefiting from Activision Blizzard’s recent growth, including as employees. protested wage inequality. CEO Bobby Kotick is even scheduled to receive a $ 200 million bonus for the editor’s performance during the pandemic, while the workers we really have to thank for Activision Blizzard’s success are scrapped with $ 200 Battle.net Gift Cards.
As is often the case, these and previous layoffs were not necessary. Activision Blizzard’s leadership could have easily accepted pay cuts, or at least rejected bonuses in favor of contributing to the paychecks of these now-unemployed workers. But in the relentless mill of capitalism, CEOs and their kind are always the ones turning the wheel, happy to let hundreds and thousands of people suffer as if it means they get their bread.