Activision-Blizzard is reportedly shuttering its Versailles, France, office

    
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Activision-Blizzard is reportedly shuttering its Versailles, France, office

Activision-Blizzard is apparently closing down one of its offices, specifically the one in Versailles, France. The news comes from Bloomberg, which this morning reported that staff have been told that the studio, which at one point employed around 400 people, will be closed. According to the report, the office covered customer support, localization, and marketing across Europe. The move is a change from an earlier plan to relocate the French team to London.

MMO players will recall that during Activision-Blizzard’s mass-layoffs in 2019, the company cut 800 staffers, including over a hundred people in France, whose labor laws slowed the process and ensured nobody was left without proper severance. We don’t yet know exactly how many people will be affected (though if the math is right, we assume it’s over 250) or whether employees could be transferred elsewhere.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the rank-and-file caught up in the chaos right now.

Source: Bloomberg via Gamasutra

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Alyn

ethic: a set of moral principles : a theory or system of moral values

empathy: the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner

greed: a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (such as money) than is needed

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Hostagecat

Yes 400 people and families that are going to have to deal with crappy holidays.. My sympathy is with them.

Is it not close to the end of the finacial year?

Watch as Activision/blizzard posts good earnings for the year, and somebody gets his yearly bonus.

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Lonegun

Sad news for anyone these days. But, I don’t see the point of making an issue out of Bobby Kotick’s salary when Activision Blizzard is a multi-billion dollar company.

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losludvig

When you read about how blizzard employees got paid so little some had to live in their car, and many couldn’t afford to eat at the company cantina, then I think it’s entirely relevant that the guy at the top gets an ungodly amount of money

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Jeremy Barnes

If you replaced kotick with a dried lump of cheese…and put that 30 million to use elsewhere…

Does kotick have that kind of value to justify his salary?

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Leo

I guess the value is that he keeps the board of directors happy with their apparent $344k+ salaries to just write blank checks to Kotick

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kalech

No CEO have the kind of value that justifies their salary lmao

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Archebius

Then, dividing his salary among the 9,200 employees, they get an extra $500 cash, $700 in company stock, and $2000 in stock options – meaning they can buy Activision-Bliz stock at a discount after they’re vested in a few years.

That’s *almost* enough to pay for another month’s rent in Irvine.

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Bryan Correll

There might be a defense for his compensation package if the company were doing well. But it isn’t.

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Lonegun

Focusing on the salary of the CEO is a distraction. We are observing the situation from a distance and according to the Bloomberg article there may have been other issues at hand the influenced Activision’s decision. We also can’t assume that just throwing more money at the problem will fix everything for the employees or the game itself.

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Hostagecat

Ah Marie….how did that work out for you honey!!!!!!

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Bruno Brito

It’s amazing how much mismanagement can come from so little people, yet, getting rid of them is a herculean task.

Kotick is a plague and i wish only the worst upon him. May he be as miserable as he made his employees.

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Danny Smith

I guess Bobby needed a stipend to get over this tough period.

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Utakata

…he had to stand on the balcony ripping off his mask to tell the gathering throngs everything is okay. /bleh

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EmberStar

You probably meant it differently, but in my head I see this:

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Utakata

I was thinking more of this actually. >.<

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Hostagecat

And with all these great examples… lessons are still not learned. Isn’t that the defintion of insanity?

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Utakata

Off-topically, technically no, to my understanding. As it presumed the person still has their wits about them (does not exhibit thought disorders in a classic sense, for example). However, the claims said individual makes can be indistinguishable from someone who is flat out certifiable, one would not be faulted in assuming that person was insane. /le sigh