[UPDATE] Activision Hits Infinity Ward and Others with Layoffs

[UPDATE] Activision Hits Infinity Ward and Others with Layoffs

Update [13/02/2017, 13:46]: Activision has informed us that developer Treyarch has not been affected by this restructure. We've updated the story to reflect this.

Original story follows:

Activision Publishing laid off a number of its employees over the weekend, including those from Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare developer Infinity Ward. Beenox, Activision’s corporate office, and other internal studios were also hit.

In a report from Kotaku, the publisher laid off 5 percent of its workforce across its publishing label, although other divisions like Blizzard Entertainment and MLG weren’t affected. This news comes after an earnings call which reported a “better-than-expected and record fourth-quarter” for 2016.

During the same call, CEO Eric Hirshberg said that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare “didn’t resonate” with players, and that Sledgehammer Games’ entry this year will return to the series’ roots. Infinite Warfare’s developer had around 20 people laid off, sources close to Kotaku claim.

“Activision Publishing is realigning our resources to support our upcoming slate and adapt to the accelerating transition to digital, including opportunities for digital add-on content," said an Activision representative in a statement.



 

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Comments Comments (8)

 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Monday 13 Feb 2017 10:14 AM
5
They had a record sales quarter and better than expected profit, so they go and lay off 5% of their workforce. What a bunch of arseholes Activision are. That worst company in America title needs to be taken from EA and given straight to them.
 
 
 
Posted by toner
On Monday 13 Feb 2017 10:27 AM
2
This goes to show that no game developer studio is safe. Wish those affected the best and they get into other roles with no issues.
 
 
 
Posted by mchumdinghy
On Monday 13 Feb 2017 11:59 AM
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Hope everyone affected lands on their feet, it must be particularly hard getting let go by a publisher that's making money hand over fist. I bet the folks at sledgehammer are feeling the pressure big time
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Monday 13 Feb 2017 1:01 PM
1
So many layoffs, hopefully it blossoms into new groups who make greater games
 
 
 
Posted by toner
On Monday 13 Feb 2017 2:29 PM
1
13 February 2017, 10:14 AM Reply to Nick2016NZ
They had a record sales quarter and better than expected profit, so they go and lay off 5% of their workforce. What a bunch of arseholes Activision are. That worst company in America title needs to be taken from EA and given straight to them.
Because $$ is still less than $$$, and even though Activision made 5% profit, by cutting spending they can make more profit.

I bet Blizzard and MLG divisions are not getting lay-offs because they make more than their fair share of profits for Activision.
 
 
 
Posted by Outlaw213
On Monday 13 Feb 2017 6:58 PM
1
Looking forward to the series going back to its roots, I wonder if that will mean WW2 or Modern Day. Either way, I think they will end up making a decent shooter that will be ruined by micro-transactions.
 
 
 
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Posted by thomasammy489
On Tuesday 14 Feb 2017 3:54 AM
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13 February 2017, 06:58 PM Reply to Outlaw213
Looking forward to the series going back to its roots, I wonder if that will mean WW2 or Modern Day. Either way, I think they will end up making a decent shooter that will be ruined by micro-transactions.
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