Activision-Blizzard seems DONE with Esports. Part of their recent layoffs included nearly EVERYONE from their internal Esports division, despite Microsoft assuring gamers that they’d continue to support Esports. That seems kinda sus…
The landscape of esports, a world where competition thrives and gamers across the globe come together to witness digital prowess at its peak, has hit a significant bump in the road courtesy of Activision-Blizzard. This gaming titan, known for its heavy-hitting franchises like “Overwatch” and “Call of Duty,” has reportedly made a move that has sent shockwaves through the esports community: the company has laid off nearly the entirety of its internal esports division. This decision comes amidst assurances from Microsoft, which is in the process of acquiring Activision-Blizzard, that esports would continue to receive support. The apparent contradiction has left many in the gaming world scratching their heads and wondering what the future holds for competitive gaming under these corporate giants.
This development is particularly jarring given the role Activision-Blizzard has played in the esports arena. The company has not only fostered competitive leagues around its flagship games but also contributed to the broader ecosystem that supports professional gaming, including players, teams, sponsors, and broadcasters. The sudden scaling back of its internal esports division raises questions about the commitment to maintaining these ecosystems and what this might mean for the future of leagues like the Overwatch League and the Call of Duty League.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard adds another layer of complexity to the situation. When a company of Microsoft’s stature steps into the fray, promises of support and growth are often seen as a given. However, the layoffs within the esports division seem to contradict these assurances, leading to speculation and concern among fans and participants alike.
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