Around 30 full-time staff will be laid off globally at Activision to reflect the reduced number of forthcoming licensed game releases, according to a statement from the publisher.
Kotaku obtained official word from Activision explaining the move, which reads:
“Like any successful business, Activision Publishing consistently works to align its costs with its revenues – this is an ongoing process. 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. 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.”
Commenting on whether Treyarch staff were involved in the staff cuts, Activision added: “Now that we have launched Black Ops 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.”