It has been revealed that Activision has laid off staff, and it seems to be due to the weak sales of Skylanders and Guitar Hero Live. In an announcement, an Activision spokesperson said: “We are working with those impacted by the changes to offer outplacement services and support.” It has not yet been confirmed which locations have been affected, but a Minneapolis office may be included in the fallout.
A Tweet from an Activision employee’s significant other, which has since been removed, said that the company “decided to shut down the Minneapolis office.” This is the location where Activision’s licensed games are handled, but the company has been scaling back on them this year.
Here is the official statement from Activision in regards to the layoffs:
“As announced on our earnings call, our games for core audiences did extremely well, but the casual audience has not yet emerged on next gen consoles, so we are refocusing to better align with Activision’s long-term priorities because, as always, our strategy evolves to keep us ahead of a rapidly-changing industry. We are working with those impacted by the changes to offer outplacement services and support.”
Source: Game Informer