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The layoffs at Activision Blizzard continue in the APAC region, as more than 100 employees are facing redundancy, according to a source familiar with the matter that spoke to MCV/DEVELOP.

We cannot verify the news's credibility because Activision Blizzard hasn't made an official statement on the matter yet.

Following the Versailles' offices' closure reports, the company apparently plans to get rid of more than 100 staff handling the company's APAC region. According to the source that spoke to MCV/DEVELOP, marketing, PR, publishing, customer service, and location teams are expected to face redundancies.

The source also said that the company was transitioning its non-development workforce to a full outsourcing setup.

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“Activision’s part of the company doesn’t believe in community management and fandom,” said the source to MCV/DEVELOP. “They think their games sell themselves. They’d rather pop a couple of millions on having Beyonce tweet about CoD than hire a bunch of good people.”

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You can read the full article over at MCV/DEVELOP.

Source: MCV/DEVELOP

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Bleah.   We need some friendly Billionaire who's also a closet WoW player to buy the company out of activation's reach.    It feels like they're cutting away everything of worth and replacing it with the worst of the industry's bean counter culture.

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This is happening around the world. This isn't personal. I understand it and I hope others will too. This is a world issue - not just a Blizzard/Activision problem. Things WILL get better...it just may not be for a while.

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5 hours ago, Wildwitch said:

This is happening around the world. This isn't personal. I understand it and I hope others will too. This is a world issue - not just a Blizzard/Activision problem. Things WILL get better...it just may not be for a while.

It's not your place to "understand" someone else's lay-off. You can act like a wiseguy when you lose your own job. Then you can claim that just doing nothing and waiting for the mercy of the ruling class is the best solution. Hopefully your fellow workers will still offer you the solidarity that you denied them then though.

Worker's rights aren't something that just happened because big companies felt that we deserve anything more than to work until we drop dead. Unions fought for each and everyone of them tooth and nail. This is of course something that those in power want everyone to forget.

The moment we even stop to consider labour conflict as a valid option, the moment we stop being angry about the mistreatment of workers, is the moment we've lost all hope for future generations and doomed them to a life as wage slaves.

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20 hours ago, Wildwitch said:

This is happening around the world. This isn't personal. I understand it and I hope others will too. This is a world issue - not just a Blizzard/Activision problem. Things WILL get better...it just may not be for a while.

We're not just talking recession cutbacks... we're talking company culture.

Customer service quality has been declining for a couple of years now. My last adventure with them almost made me throw in the towel, and that's quite a statement from a former fanboi.

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23 hours ago, Wildwitch said:

This is happening around the world. This isn't personal. I understand it and I hope others will too. This is a world issue - not just a Blizzard/Activision problem. Things WILL get better...it just may not be for a while.

I'm afraid this is not the case and things aren't going to get better. Positions like customer service are being replaced by online services with reduced amount of "human element". So most of these jobs aren't coming back, even when pandemic ends.

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