Blizzard’s e-sports division hit hard by Microsoft layoffs

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Microsoft’s recent layoffs have affected many members of Blizzard’s esports division, who were informed of their dismissal yesterday. The layoffs are part of a larger trend of industry-wide layoffs that have affected around 10,000 people in 2023 and show no signs of stopping in 2024. It is estimated that, in January alone, more than 5,600 people have already been laid off in the video game industry.

The layoffs not only affect Call of Duty esports, but also appear to have affected all of Microsoft’s brands, including the Overwatch League. Many of those laid off were waiting to finish events or projects they were working on, including the Boston Major, which took place this past weekend.

The fired employees themselves reported the situation, expressing their sadness at being let go. Many of them had been with Blizzard for several years and were proud of the work they had done. The layoffs have left many of them uncertain about their future in the industry.

It is estimated that Microsoft is currently worth more than $3 trillion, making it the second company to reach that figure, only behind Apple. The layoffs have raised concerns about the future of the esports division at Blizzard, despite reassurances that it has not completely disappeared.

The layoffs have had a significant impact on the esports community, with many talented individuals now looking for new opportunities. The layoffs have been met with disappointment and sadness from those affected, who feel that they deserved better treatment.

The layoffs have also raised questions about the future of the esports industry as a whole, as many companies continue to face financial challenges. It remains to be seen how the industry will adapt to these changes and what the future holds for those who have been affected by the recent layoffs.

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