A new report from Kotaku has stated that Activision Publishing has laid off almost 5% off their work force, despite a good overall financial announcement yesterday.
Kotaku says majority of layoffs were at Infinity Ward, Beenox, and some at Activision HQ. This news comes following Activision’s announcement yesterday that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare sales underperformed, saying the game “was not the success we planned.” Kotaku stated that about 20 people from Infinity Ward were impacted by this.
Activision said the following to Kotaku:
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.”
Kotaku states that the layoffs only affected Activision Publishing side. No layoffs occurred at Blizzard, MLG, or any other division of Activision Blizzard Inc.
Activision’s 2017 year is also relatively quiet compared to most years. They only have two big launches planned, with Call of Duty 2017 and Destiny sequel.
Correction: A version of this article earlier mentioned that Treyarch was also hit with layoffs based upon information from GamesIndustry site. That was an error. No employees from Treyarch were laid off. We apologize for the error.