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.