Jason Schreier, known for his investigative reports from the gaming industry at Kotaku, writes in a report on the Bloomberg website that the decision makers at Activision Blizzard have decided to abandon the location in Versailles near Paris. The site was previously occupied exclusively by people from Blizzard Entertainment, but in recent years Activision Blizzard employees have also joined the company. On Tuesday morning (October 6, 2020), employees were reportedly informed of the closure. Originally, half of the office, where primarily marketing, customer support, community management and localization for Activision Blizzard games for Europe take place, would have been moved to London, but according to Schreier's report based on anonymous sources, they deviated from the plan again; Brexit and Corona be thanked.
It's unclear so far how many people from the Blizzard office, which was still home to about 400 employees early in 2019 before the wave of layoffs, will lose their jobs and how many will move to one of Blizzard's other offices in Europe or even the US. Next week, starting October 12, 2020, those affected in Versailles should receive more information.
Given that Versailles is where much of the remaining community work for Blizzard games like World of Warcraft is handled, this news is ... let's say it in little to no euphemism .... devastating. Here's hoping that as many employees as possible can find new jobs quickly. Because given the recent wave of layoffs and terminations at Versailles as well, there's probably not much incentive for many to stay at Activision Blizzard. But that's just our guess.
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