EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Blizzard Entertainment

Company/Organisation:
Blizzard Entertainment

Geographic Location

Country: France
Region: Yvelines; île de France
Location of affected unit(s): Versailles

Company

Sector: Information / communication
Publishing, audiovisual and broadcasting activities
58.21 - Publishing of computer games
Number Employed: 285
Group: Activision Blizzard

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 06-10-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 285
Planned Job Reductions max: 285
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 13-11-2020

Additional Information

Blizzard, a leading publisher and developer of video game software, has announced the closure of its French subsidiary located at Versailles (Yvelines) and employing 285 people. The employees were informed of this during a ten-minute Zoom meeting. The closure project will be presented to the social and economic committee on 13 and 14 October.
Blizzard France includes support functions: publishing, marketing, communication, game translation, Internet community animation and customer service. This subsidiary handles video games for the Blizzard studios (World of Warcraft, Overwatch), and has recently taken on assignments for certain Activision games (Call of Duty).

The French branch already underwent a job protection plan last year: the workforce decreased from 450 to 285 positions. This reorganisation was part of a strategy to cut 800 of the 9,600 jobs worldwide which was announced in February 2019. 

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