More layoffs at Activision, although this time it doesn’t affect developers: Microsoft changes the company’s strategy


After the wave of layoffs at Activision Blizzard that was announced last week, it seems that the cuts do not stop once the company has become part of Microsoft. In addition to the more than 1,900 employees who lost their jobs at companies such as Activision, Blizzard, or Bethesda, Redmond has confirmed that there have been more layoffs within the company, although this time the number of workers affected would be much lower, being only a few dozen.

However, the most important thing is not the number, but the positions in which these workers occupied. Apparently, the second wave of layoffs at Activision has almost entirely affected the company’s esports department. It should be remembered that the company made a really strong bet on this sector of the industry a few years ago, but it seems that Microsoft has different plans.

The information comes from Charlie Intel, a well-known insider specialized in franchises such as Call of Duty or Battlefield. According to his information, Activision would not have more than twelve people in the esports team at the moment. Although that figure may not mean anything to most users, the truth is that it is a really small number of staff to control one of the most important video game competitions in the world, such as the Call of Duty League.

Unlike the previous wave of layoffs at Activision Blizzard, the justification of duplicity of positions does not enter here, as the number of staff was really small, and Microsoft did not have a similar team in its ranks. It is speculated that Microsoft’s strategy is to outsource many of the positions that have been released with this wave of layoffs, betting more on a freelance model than having people on staff for positions such as commentators, directors or referees.

As it could not be otherwise, some affected employees have spoken out about it, and have harshly criticized Microsoft’s management with this issue. “They did it. They really did. They let us work over the weekend with it [the layoffs] hanging over our heads and kicked us out on our first day off. The lack of decency is unbelievable,” one of the company’s former employees claimed on social networks.