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Activision confirms layoffs, Treyarch affected but DLC will go on

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“Like any successful business,” began the statement to Kotaku, “Activision Publishing consistently works to align its costs with its revenues — this is an ongoing process.”

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“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,” the statement continued.

“Approximately, 30 full-time employees have been impacted globally, which represents approximately one half of one percent of Activision Blizzard’s employee population. We are offering those employees who are impacted outplacement counselling services.”

Kotaku had earlier learned that this recent round of layoffs across Activision Publishing affected the Treyarch team, so naturally the question of the extent to which the studio was hit by redundancies was asked. Activision replied:

“Now that we have launched Black Op II, we are taking a minimal reduction in staff to better align our development talent against the needs of DLC development. The release of the DLC will not be impacted by this move.”

What licenses will Activision drop this year? As Kotaku notes, Activision has recently added four new licenses to its release slate, including Deadpool, Family Guy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Walking Dead, and we can only count James Bond as a certainty to be dropped. Spider-Man, Transformers and the Cabela hunting series still remain.

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