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Activision Blizzard hiring for over 2k staff... after firing around 800

Activision Blizzard hiring for over 2k staff... after firing around 800

US publishing giant Activision Blizzard has said that it is hiring for more than 2,000 positions to meet production demands.

That's according to CEO Robert Kotick (pictured), who told GamesBeat that the company was looking to fill over 2,000 positions almost two years after the firm cut eight per cent of its global workforce. In February 2019, Activision Blizzard laid off in the region of 800 people. Earlier in October, the company closed its French office in Versailles, which impacted around 400 members of staff, while the firm's Dutch outpost in The Hague was quietly shut earlier in 2020.

As reported by PCGamesInsider.biz at the time, 209 members of US staff were laid off at the start of last year.

Speaking to investors – as transcribed by Seeking Alpha – Kotick said that the Call of Duty community had grown to 100m monthly active users during the three months ending September 30th. Activision Blizzard reported GAAP net revenue of $1.95bn for the period, a 50 per cent increase year-on-year.

"Today, we're in a position to deliver sustained and significant long-term expansion across our portfolio of fully-owned franchises," he said.

"As we execute against our content pipeline extend our key franchises to mobile introduce new free-to-play experiences and continue to optimise in-game operations we are positioned to continue converting our growing engagement into consistent and long-term revenue and earnings growth."


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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