Recent news has hit hard for Blizzard employees, as reports suggest more layoffs are on the horizon. The gaming giant is looking at cutting 130 jobs in its Cork, Ireland office. This move comes after Microsoft announced a significant reduction of 1,900 jobs within the Activision Blizzard group.

This cut represents an 8% decrease in the gaming division’s workforce. High-profile exits include President Mike Ybarra and Chief Design Officer Allen Adham. A survival game project and the entire customer support teams at Activision Blizzard King were also dropped.

The Irish Examiner recently shared that Blizzard plans to lay off 136 workers in Cork, where the company has been for over ten years. This decision has sparked a response from Michéal Martin in the Dáil, emphasizing the impact on employees and their families.

Mick Barry criticized Blizzard for not engaging with the workers’ chosen trade union. He stressed that companies should not make such decisions without consulting employee representatives.

Blizzard has yet to comment officially. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s layoffs have drawn attention, especially after the FTC’s recent court filing. The FTC suggested that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard could be reversed, citing previous assurances that job cuts were not on the horizon. However, Microsoft countered, stating Activision had planned these cuts before the acquisition.

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The gaming industry has seen a wave of layoffs recently, with Black Forest Games and WWE 2K24 developer Visual Concepts also reducing their workforces. These layoffs are a tough pill to swallow for many in the industry, leaving talented individuals in search of new opportunities.