The new layoffs in the video game industry affect Toys for Bob and 86 people have lost their jobs, which has resulted in the closure of their offices in North America.
Toys for Bob has been part of Activision since 2005 and has games on PC, Steam Deck, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch. But their recent layoffs by Microsoft have increased recently and now they are closing their offices.
As we read in San Francisco Chronicle, these mass layoffs have affected 86 workers in Novado and 76 in Foster City; according to information provided by the State.
The publisher finalized its acquisition by the creators of Windows in what was the biggest U.S. technological operation in history, and two weeks ago it announced around 1900 layoffs.
This affected 9% of the workforce in its video game division, including Activision Blizzard and Xbox Game Studios. In Novato (California) it is particularly significant to cease a large part of the studio that created Skylanders and Crash Bandicoot 4.
According to the publication, their center will also close. This caused widespread panic in the video game sector, as they thought they were going to go from Call of Duty to a total cessation of operations.
But Jez Corden from Windows Central confirmed on Twitter that they have “confirmation that Toys for Bob is not going to close“, it seems that only their physical offices are closing and the studio itself remains active.
Although the layoffs at Toys for Bob are significant
Thanks to San Francisco Chronicle, we also know that the layoffs at the address 1001 E. Hillsdale Boulevard in Foster City belong to Sledgehammer Games, known for the Call of Duty series.
This studio also closes its offices, resulting in its workers now working remotely or being reassigned to lesser positions; 76 were dismissed.
Most of the Activision Blizzard layoffs occurred in Southern California and this included 479 in Irvine, where the Blizzard Entertainment division is headquartered.
The aforementioned publication confirms that all layoffs in California will begin on March 30. The future of this and other studios remains uncertain, as this issue has been hot since the end of 2022.
It is unknown how, where, and when these changes will impact the future of the studio, but several media outlets have contacted Activision for statements; most of them have received refusals.
It seems that the new layoffs at Toys for Bob have resulted in 86 people losing their jobs and that is why they are closing their offices.