Activision’s internal studios see “realigning”.
Though Activision has boasted of strong revenues for its year-end financials, it recently laid off a number of employees from internal studios like Infinity Ward and Beenox among others.
Kotaku reported on 20 employees being let go from Infinity Ward (whose Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was met with less than favourable first week sales but still performed well overall) while Beenox’s internal QA has been shut down. About 5 percent of total workforce has been released by Activision as a whole, though a source told Gamasutra that 150 developers are still working at Beenox.
The publisher sent an official statement noting a “realigning” of resources for future projects while it would also “adapt to the accelerating transition to digital.” Make of that what you will.
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