Activision prepares to expand its workforces in order to support its main sagas. The company has announced that hire 2,000 developers over the next two years, having released its recent financial reports for the first quarter of fiscal 2021. While the player base of Blizzard has suffered a 29% decline in the last three years, the publisher has recorded revenue reaching $ 2.28 billion. A figure that has exceeded their forecasts, which pointed to 2020 million.
Activision seeks to hire 2,000 developers
As part of this financial meeting, Activision has also sketched what will be your strategy to follow: the company has announced that they are looking to expand, so plan to hire 2,000 new developers for the next two years. The purpose resides in triple the size of certain teams compared to 2019, and we assume that Call of Duty is in their sights. This week they confirmed that Sledgehammer Games is the study in charge of shaping the new installment.
The fact that Activision wants to support its main sagas should not surprise anyone: in fact, despite the fact that the number of Blizzard users has suffered a decrease in this first quarter (from 38 million in the same period in 2018, it now counts with 27 million), sagas like Call of Duty have grown from 51 million to 150 million users. The series’ revenues, in turn, have grown by 72% year-on-year, thanks to the popularity of Call of Duty: Warzone, the sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Y Call of Duty: Mobile.
Call of Duty YoY Revenue Up 72% YoY
It appears that Activision is evaluating the possibility of repeat the roadmap you have followed with Call of Duty in other of his sagas, offering in this way premium, free and mobile games for the rest of its properties. This vision is what would lead the company to have to hire massively to support the different development teams.
The announcement comes when the firm has announced the closure of its European divisions (among which is the Spanish office). A situation that is made even more sour by the fact that the CEO Robert Kotick receive a $ 200 million bonus on his salary, despite criticism from investors. There have also been layoffs in the eSport area of the firm.