Activision will close its Blizzard Entertainment office in Versailles, France, according to a report by Bloomberg. It’s unclear how many people will be laid off and exactly when the France location will shutter.
Bloomberg’s sources said Activision Blizzard would inform employees more next week about the fate of the Versailles office and their jobs, and if relocation to another studio is a possibility. Bloomberg states that Activision Blizzard had originally intended to move half of the Versailles office to London, but Brexit and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic created risks that ultimately hindered the relocation process.
French labor laws, however, require companies to negotiate proper compensation for employees that wind up caught in mass layoffs.