Activision, publisher of the famous “Call of Duty” series, has laid off a large amount of its current employees and, as a result, they will be producing fewer games in 2013, Eddie Makuch writes for Gamespot on Feb. 19.
Told to Kotaku, Activision confirmed that they have laid off 30 of its employees—that is half of its total workforce, as part of a “business realignment .”
"Like any successful business, Activision Publishing consistently works to align its costs with its revenues; this is an ongoing process. In 2013, we expect to release fewer games based on license properties and as a result are realigning our structure to better reflect the market opportunities and our slate," the company said in a statement. "Approximately, 30 full-time employees have been impacted globally, which represents approximately one half of one percent of Activision Blizzard's employee population. We are offering those employees who are impacted outplacement counseling services."
Activision elaborated further that these cuts were “not out of the ordinary” and that they “will not affect the future of downloadable content.”
Of the 30 cuts, some came from Treyarch Studios, the developer behind the “Call of Duty” series of video games. "Now that we have launched 'Black Ops II,' we are taking a minimal reduction in staff to better align our development talent against the needs of DLC development," the company said. "The release of the DLC will not be impacted by this move."
Some of the games expected to be released in 2013 by Activision include the next installment in “The Walking Dead” video game franchise, as well as “Deadpool” and the first of a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” series. Their James Bond license is set to expire this year as well.
For more information regarding the lay-offs, check out Eddie Makuch’s article on Gamespot.