More Layoffs At Activision Blizzard Target Esports Division

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Just days after Microsoft let go of 1,900 people, the company is holding more layoffs at Activision Blizzard.

According to CharlieIntel, it appears as though a major of the esports team at Activision Blizzard has been let go. The layoffs happened just two days after the Call of Duty League wrapped up its Boston Breach Major I event.

Scott Parkin, former senior manager of esports operations at Activision Blizzard took to Twitter to confirm the news while venting frustration.

“They did it, they actually did it,” he said. “They let us work with that over our heads and laid us off on our first day off. The lack of common decency is a joke.”

Caster Matt Morello also confirmed he had been let go as part of the layoffs.

“Unfortunately today, along with a lot of other amazing esports folks, I’ve been let go from Blizzard,” he said.

On Monday, Microsoft appointed former Activision executive Johanna Faries as Blizzard’s next president. She is expected to start in her role with Blizzard on February 5.

There’s currently no estimate as to how many people were let go from the Activision Blizzard in the latest round of layoffs. It’s also unclear if these layoffs are part of the announced 1,900 cuts. That said, it’s rumored that there are only about a dozen people left on the esports team within the company. Sources tell Insider Gaming that the esports division isn’t going away rather than just a “new business model” to better align with new goals for the team.

Activision Blizzard declined to comment on the layoffs.

  1. Makes sense but Microsoft has other divisions that should be shut down like 343, Turn 10, and The Initiative who probably will take longer to make Perfect Dark after the Eidos layoffs.

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