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Activision Blizzard lays off roughly 50 esports employees as online events grow in priority

Activision Blizzard lays off roughly 50 esports employees as online events grow in priority

A Sports Business Journal report says Activision Blizzard Esports will lay off roughly 50 employees as it prepares to reduce its focus on live events in both the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League.

The leagues were envisioned as operating similarly to conventional sports leagues when they launched, with a heavy focus on city-based teams competing in front of live audiences. But the Covid-19 outbreak forced a move to online events and it sounds like the company might maintain that approach even after the pandemic is over.

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