Activision Blizzard lays off about 50 employees, citing COVID-19’s effects on its esports leagues

Activision Blizzard lays off about 50 employees, citing COVID-19’s effects on its esports leagues


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Activision Blizzard on Tuesday said it was laying off about 50 people across various divisions dealing predominantly with live events and esports as part of a restructuring. The company cites the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects on both the viability of live productions for its esports leagues and the changing viewership habits of its core audience over the past year.

“Players are increasingly choosing to connect with our games digitally and the e-sports team, much like traditional sports, entertainment, and broadcasting industries, has had to adapt its business due to the impact the pandemic has had on live events,” an Activision Blizzard spokesperson told Bloombergin a statement. According to Bloomberg, laid-off employees will receive…

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