Activision has laid off approximately 30 employees in order to reduce the number of licensed games from various studios this year. The layoffs were originally thought to only affect Black Ops II developer Treyarch but an Activision representative has confirmed to Kotaku that other studios have been affected.
“In 2013, we expect to release fewer games based on license properties and as a result are realigning our structure to better reflect the market opportunities and our slate,” said Activision in a statement. “Approximately, 30 full-time employees have been impacted globally, which represents approximately one half of one percent of Activision Blizzard’s employee population.”
While it is quite unfortunate that people have lost their jobs, the licensed titles affected probably won’t cause much outrage from Activision fans. The company’s most recent licensed games include Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse, MIB: Alien Crisis, 007 Legends and The Amazing Spider-Man.
It seems Activision will be a lot more busy with some of their more highly anticipated titles such as the recently unveiled Bungie title Destiny, Blizzard’s latest MMO Titan and not to mention StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm will be launching in less than a month from now.
Perhaps this is one way for Activision to prepare themselves for the oncoming release of next-gen consoles which is just on the horizon.