Activision Blizzard Lays Off Nearly 800 Employees As Previously Rumoured

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Two business people in office working on business reports, financial statements and tax form 1040 filling out. Activision dropped the Destiny franchise in a deal made public last month, leaving the sci-fi space shooter completely in the hands of Bungie, the developer.

While details weren't provided, it was confirmed the game will feature a campaign, something Black Ops 4 lacked.

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Activision hired a support team exclusively for "Destiny"; thus, it is expected that those under public relations, marketing and sales will be removed.

"2019 will be a transition year for us", Chief Financial Officer Dennis Durkin said.

The company had 9,800 employees as of the end of 2017.

Activision reported 53 million Monthly Active Users (MAUs) in the quarter, growing double-digits quarter-over quarter. Over the past few months, we've seen several interesting movements in the world of gaming like the emergence of the Epic Games store, AAA games The Division 2 and Metro Exodus opting out of a partnership with Steam, the recent rise of free-to-play Apex Legends to rival PUBG and Fotnite, and more. So, we're excited about the fall release of Call of Duty content. Not only was this the fourth consecutive quarter of declines, it underscored the growing threat of Fortnite.

Speaking with shareholders, CEO Bobby Kotick announced plans to eliminate 8% of the company's jobs. In 2018, Activision Blizzard had roughly 9,600 employees, which would mean almost 800 people are now out of work. "We also need to evolve operationally to provide the best support for new and existing products".

Throughout 2017, Activision Blizzard granted their initial 12 Overwatch League owners first right of negotiation to certain future franchise leagues, including Call of Duty, as reported by ESPN in June. (NASDAQ:ATVI) has topped consensus earnings estimates in 10 quarters (83%), missed earnings in 2 quarters (16%), whereas at 0 occasion EPS met analyst expectations. Net revenues from digital channels were $1.79 billion, up from $1.43 billion yoy. That's a company record and almost half a billion more than the previous best which was set in 2017.

Activision Blizzard is anticipated to report earnings of $1.29 per share on $3.04 billion in revenue. Compared to the same quarter previous year, the firm's revenue was up by 21.15%.

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