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Activision Blizzard Closing France Office

Unsure how many will be laid off

Poorna Shankar Posted:
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It looks like Activision Blizzard, publisher of World of Warcraft, is shuttering its Versailles, France offices which employs roughly 400 people, according a Bloomberg report.

The office in question was responsible for marketing, customer support, localizing games to various languages, in addition to some additional functions. The notice was reportedly sent to employees earlier Tuesday morning.

It sounds like the company was going to relocate roughly half the office to London. But given the current global situation, along with Brexit, that was no longer going to happen. It appears this may have resulted in closing the Versailles office.

Bloomberg notes that it’s difficult to say at this time how many people will lose their jobs over this closure. However, a spokesperson for Activision Blizzard noted,

“Over the past year we have been exploring how we might best integrate our capabilities across the business, enabling us to better leverage talent, expertise and scale as we adapt to the needs of a fast-paced, highly-competitive, digitally focused industry.”

It sounds like the environment in the Versailles office was rocky with a recent restructuring. Job cuts resulted in 134 people laid off, which left people in “limbo” for several months, according to Bloomberg reporting.


Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.