Activision-Blizzard has big layoffs, CEO gets bonus

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Activision-Blizzard is at it again laying off somewhere between 50 and 190 people. Reportedly the company shuttered portions of its esports division in a shift to move away from in-person events to focus more on exclusive online events. Overwatch League and the Call of Duty League were likely affected as well as other games esports departments, like Hearthstone.

Don’t worry though. Since Activision-Blizzard’s stock is way up, CEO Bobby Kotick is about to get a huge payout to the tune of $200 million bucks.

In other news, Game Pass just added 20 Bethesda games to its roster and Xbox just announced yet another wave of Game Pass games including a day one release for Outriders.

Not to be completely outdone, Sony is also releasing a wave of free games through their Play at Home program. Titles include Abzu, Enter the Gungeon, Ratchet & Clank, and Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition.

GTA Online has notoriously had rough load times and finally, one player had enough and set out to fix the issue themself. After extensive research, Tost actually managed to reduce load times by 70%. The fix was so effective that Rockstar incorporated it into the official version of the game and rewarded Tost with $10,000 dollars.

Jade Raymond a legendary developer who was spearheading Google’s internal games studios left the company after the conglomerate shutdown all their plans for game making. She was previously known for her work developing franchises like Assasins Creed and Watchdogs while at Ubisoft and then moving onto EA to build Motive. It was certainly a loss for Google, but now Raymond is teaming up with Sony to build a new game studio called Haven Entertainment.

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SOURCES

[Bloomberg] – Blizzard layoffs

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-16/blizzard-fires-50-people-amid-shift-away-from-live-events?srnd=technology-vp

[Sports Business Journal] – Activision moves away from in-person events

https://sportsbusinessjournal.com/SB-Blogs/Breaking-News/2021/03/Activision-layoffs.aspx

[Gamespot] – Investor Group mad over Kotick payout

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/investor-group-pissed-activision-blizzard-ceo-is-getting-a-200-million-payout/1100-6488906/?fbclid=IwAR2Wg233_JuusrNnixVR8YendYnF2oYK9JI5Bl3KdspNOz7BgQqfe5jD5So

[Twitter] – Daniel Ahmad tweets about Nintendo CEO

https://twitter.com/ZhugeEX/status/1372283264489099264

[Xbox] – Xbox adds 20 Bethesda games to Game Pass

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2021/03/11/20-bethesda-games-now-on-xbox-game-pass/

[VG247] – New wave of Game Pass games include Octopath Traveler and Yakuza 6

https://www.vg247.com/2021/03/16/octopath-traveler-yakuza-6-song-life-empire-sin-coming-xbox-game-pass/

[Xbox] – Outriders is coming to Game Pass

https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2021/03/15/outriders-coming-to-xbox-game-pass/

[PlayStation] – New Play at Home games

https://blog.playstation.com/2021/03/17/play-at-home-2021-update-10-free-games-to-download-this-spring/#sf244024254

[PC Gamer] – GTA Online player improves load times by 70%

https://www.pcgamer.com/rockstar-thanks-gta-online-player-who-fixed-poor-load-times-official-update-coming/

[VG247] – Jade Raymond forms new studio Haven Entertainment

https://www.vg247.com/2021/03/16/jade-raymond-forms-new-montreal-based-studio-working-original-playstation-ip/

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