“We’ve been exploring how we might best integrate our capabilities across the business and be efficient as we evolve to meet growth opportunities and stay competitive in Asia Pacific. To that end, we have begun conversations with employees regarding a plan to centralize some roles across the region in our Sydney office. Decisions of this nature are never easy and supporting our employees through this process is our number one priority.”
In the original statement, an exclusive source told MCV/DEVELOP that the company was transitioning to fully outsource non-development teams.
“Activision’s part of the company doesn’t believe in community management and fandom,” said the source to MCV/DEVELOP. “They think their games sell themselves. They’d rather pop a couple of millions on having Beyonce tweet about CoD than hire a bunch of good people.”
This also follows on the recent closure of the Activision Blizzard Versailles office, subsequent call for union strikes in response, and larger workforce layoffs in 2019, although the 4th Quarter 2018 investor earnings call promised to use that restructuring to hire 20% more developers across all major teams, including Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Diablo, and Call of Duty.