Report: Activision Blizzard cutting 136 jobs in Ireland

Report: Activision Blizzard cutting 136 jobs in Ireland

US games giant Activision Blizzard is making over 130 people redundant from its office in the Republic of Ireland.

As reported by the Irish Examiner, the country's Tánaiste, Michéal Martin, said that the company is cutting 136 jobs from its office in Cork. The government's deputy head said that these redundancies would be "very serious" for those involved.

Speaking in the Dáil – the Irish parliament – Mike Barry of the People Before Profit party decried the job cuts, saying that Activision Blizzard "refuses to engage" with the relevant trade union.

"Companies should not be allowed to waltz into this country, announce life-changing cutbacks to people's jobs and simply refuse to talk to the representatives chosen by people who have given long years of service to their employer," Barry continued.

These job cuts come in the wake of Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. has reached out to Activision Blizzard for comment.

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