Activision today announced that The Blast Furnace studio will be shut down at the end of this month. The Blast Furnace was responsible for creating mobile games, notably Call of Duty Strike Team for mobile devices.

“Having explored a range of options, including a potential sale of the business, and consulted with the staff about the options, we have not been able to find a suitable alternative for the talented team in the timescales set by the consultation exercise and have agreed to close The Blast Furnace,” an Activision spokesperson told MCV.

“Although we have reached the end of the main consultation exercise we shall continue to work with the leadership team to explore options for these highly skilled individuals within Activision and its related organisations.”

“Additionally, we will be offering a number of tools and resources, including outplacement counselling services, to those who are impacted.”

“We would like to note that The Blast Furnace has been a great partner to Activision and we thank them for all of their efforts.”

“The UK remains a key market for Activision. The company remains a leading video game employer in the country with its UK headquarters based in Stockley Park.”

Call of Duty Strike Team was released in September of 2013; Activision has not revealed the future plans for the mobile games or the mobile market.

SOURCE: MCV

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  • Dean

    No surprise, really.

  • Rorke File

    So no work for them ?? really sad …..

  • It’s always sad to hear that a studio closed down and people who worked there will eb out of a job. 🙁

  • The Pope

    Very unfortunate for them.

  • Psychomaggot105

    Maybe they should’ve worked on the cod app. Actually make a usable app with tons of features.

    • GinsuVictim

      I was trying to adjust loadouts in the app today and it kept crashing on me. I never had that problem until I actually wanted to use the feature. Typical.

      • Psychomaggot105

        To bad they have it where you need to unlock the items first on your console with squad points.

        • Alejandro SepĂșlveda

          is the cod app “usable”??
          I have a win 8 PC, and it doesn’t show up in the market for me.
          I have an android device, the app doesn’t appear on the market for my device.
          I have a windows phone device… nope, not available for windosw phone 7.8.

          So… not many clan features for me i guess.

          With Elite i was even able to track my stats directly on my PS3

          • IZKGaming

            Only on IPhone

          • Psychomaggot105

            Heres a link to the compatible device list

            http://support.activision.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/Call-of-Duty-App-Compatibility

            I ran it on a iPod touch 4th gen but kept crashing constantly. So I bought a used iPad and haven’t had an issue yet.

          • Willon

            You bought an used iPad just to download the COD app?

          • Psychomaggot105

            Yes and no .I never use my laptop anymore so a tablet seemed nice to have. Plus participating in clan, this app is a must.

          • I think you have to have 8.1 because I have the app on my PC

  • Good studio, shame really

  • RdJokr

    Typical Activision, closing down every possible team they have except the ones that bring in the money…

  • Sal

    And noew they’re all unemployed… esh.

    On a second note, where is the damn micro DLC for PS3/PS4 and PC? Shouldn’t it be released yesterday?

  • TheShadowReaper

    that’s a shame…there were a lot of things that Acti could have made them work on.

    • ColonelBoston

      Like what: DLC & broken apps? They have Raven & Neversoft to fuck that up.

      • TheShadowReaper

        yes the COD app, maybe improve it. or a descent PC port. Raven has fucked that up real bad, maybe Blast Furnace could make it work. stop being so pessimistic and negative.

        • ColonelBoston

          A pessimist is just what an optimist calls a realist…

          • TheShadowReaper

            i believe in that too but, Blast Furnace could have made it work. laying off people sucks ass.

          • MasterBlaster

            Guess they got their asses BLASTED … lol

          • TheShadowReaper

            that was such a bad joke. i giggled a little… ^^

          • MasterBlaster

            Well, when you don’t add value (not perceived value) to the bottom line, what does one expect, the party doesn’t last for ever … I’m glad to see the industry get purged of bloated fat, hope it doesn’t end here!

          • TheShadowReaper

            interesting opinion. never thought of that in this way. maybe some need to wake up and face reality. but its always the small and weak that have to deal with consequences of the bigger parties. too bad, but at the same time some have to pay this milking of the industry i guess.

          • MasterBlaster

            I do hate to see one loose their livelihood, but they and others were given an opportunity to succeed but they failed.

            Most of the industry is like this now, they put out a poor product that they expect people to spend their hard earned cash on, well, sooner or later, it catches up and I hold no sympathy for them.

            Truth be known, ATVI needs to cut the fat they have at the executive levels as well for poor long/short term strategic planning … if they cut the coders loose, their asses should be cut too!!!