Activi­sion Bliz­zard has report­ed­ly fired dozens of peo­ple across var­i­ous depart­ments, includ­ing 50 employ­ees who dealt with e‑sports pro­gram­ming and oth­er live events. Bloomberg has stat­ed the lay­offs have affect­ed less than 2% of the com­pa­ny’s employ­ees — or rough­ly 190 employees.

Because fifty of these employ­ees were spe­cif­ic to esports, it’s sig­nal­ing that Activi­sion may be plan­ning to shift away from in-per­son events after a year of coro­n­avirus lockdowns.

Play­ers are increas­ing­ly choos­ing to con­nect with our games dig­i­tal­ly and the e‑sports team, much like tra­di­tion­al sports, enter­tain­ment and broad­cast­ing indus­tries, has had to adapt its busi­ness due to the impact the pan­dem­ic has had on live events,” a com­pa­ny spokesper­son said.

Activi­sion said U.S. work­ers will receive a min­i­mum of 90 days sev­er­ance and health ben­e­fits for a year, as well as “job tran­si­tion sup­port.” They were also giv­en $200 gift cards to Battle.net.

Tony Petit­ti, Pres­i­dent of Sports & Enter­tain­ment spoke to SBJ about the 50 lay­offs for the esports depart­ment, say­ing they were part­ly due to need to reduce costs and to free up resources to real­lo­cate to oth­er areas of the company.