Activision’s 7 Studios hit by layoffs

Hate is a strong word, but we do hate to report this kind of news so we’ll try to keep it short. Activision-owned and Los Angeles-based 7 Studios, known for making games as Shrek the Third, The Sopranos: Road to Respect, Fantastic Four, Pirates of the Caribbean and the in-development Scratch the Ultimate DJ, was recently hit by layoffs.

According to what an Activision representative told IGN, “7 Studios has realigned its business to focus its development resources on the music genre” and “as a part of this realignment, the studio is reducing its workforce to better reflect Activision’s upcoming slate of music-based games.”

Although not yet confirmed, according to Kotaku and their source, a total amount of 30 or so people were let go, which represents half of 7 Studios’ entire workforce. Whatever the case may be, as we always do, we wish the people affected the best under the circumstances in which they’ve been put through, and hope they get back on their feet in no-time.