Toys for Bob, the developer of Crash Bandicoot, and Sledgehammer Games, one of the studios that works on the Call of Duty franchise, would be two of the companies most affected by the layoffs that Microsoft has carried out this week.
Several sources suggest that both studios have lost between thirty and forty percent of their staff. In the case of Toys for Bob this would be a figure that would be around thirty-five employees, while in the case of Sledgehammer Games, a much larger studio, the number would rise to between one hundred and fifty to three hundred employees.
Microsoft decided this week to lay off a total of 1,900 employees from its video game division, mainly affecting Activision Blizzard (a company of which it completed the purchase at the end of 2023), but also Xbox and Zenimax.
The move by the Redmond company is one more in a 2024 that has started even worse than it ended last year, a 2023 that ended with more than ten thousand jobs lost within the video game industry. When not even a month has passed in 2024, more than five thousand layoffs have already occurred, affecting companies such as Riot Games, Unity, CI Games, Behavior Interactive or Black Forest Games, apart from Microsoft itself.
A few weeks ago the GDC (Game Developers Conference) published its report on the State of the Video Game Industry 2024. In it, thirty-five percent of those surveyed had been affected in one way or another by layoffs in the last twelve months. , while half admitted to being worried about this trend continuing in the future.