Activision closes its Blizzard office in France – Report


Activision will close its Blizzard Entertainment office in Versailles, France, according to a Bloomberg report. It is not known how many people will be made redundant and when exactly the France site will close.Bloomberg sources said Activision Blizzard will educate employees further next week about the fate of the Versailles office and their jobs, and whether a move to another studio is a possibility. Bloomberg says Activision Blizzard originally planned to move half the office from Versailles to London, but Brexit and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic created risks that ultimately hampered the relocation process.

However, French labor law obliges companies to negotiate appropriate compensation for employees who find themselves caught in massive layoffs.

Blizzard said Versailles employees had been made aware of a “proposed plan” to revamp the office. The company reaffirmed that supporting its employees during this difficult period is its main priority.

“Over the past year, we’ve explored how best to integrate our capabilities across the business, allowing us to better leverage talent, expertise and scale throughout by adapting to the needs of a rapidly changing, highly competitive and digitally driven industry, ”Blizzard said in a statement. “As part of our Versailles office, Blizzard France management informed its staff representatives of a proposed reorganization project for its activities. Supporting our employees in this process is our number one priority. We are working on various processes related to this project and a CST meeting is scheduled for October 13th and 14th. Until then, as there is a prescribed legal process, we cannot provide further comments. ”

The Versailles site is more of an assistance studio. He is responsible for marketing, customer support, localization, etc.

While this is the final blow, it’s not the first blow to Blizzard’s office in Versailles. In February 2019, the company eliminated 134 of its 400 positions. The past year has also seen larger layoffs in Activision Blizzard, with employees at Activision, Blizzard and mobile game company King affected. However, earlier this year, the company announced that it planned to hire some 2,000 employees.

In August, company employees began sharing their wages anonymously to protest the pay gap. For reference, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick is one of the highest paid executives in video games and the entertainment industry overall, earning over $ 30 million in 2019.

Activision Blizzard’s next games are Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 and with BlizzCon early next year, the company will no doubt show more. For now, the company has postponed the next Shadowlands expansion for World of Warcraft until later this year.

Lecture en cours: World of Warcraft: ShadowlandsTrailer | Gamescom 2020


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