Blizzard has suffered a series of layoffs within its Hearthstone development team.
In a statement released to IGN, Activision Blizzard confirmed the layoffs without disclosing the number of employees affected.
“Organizational changes have been made to the Hearthstone team; This means that a few roles have become unnecessary. We would like to thank these employees for their many contributions.”
Kotaku reporter Ethan Gach tweeted More specifically, 10 employees, all members of the Hearthstone team, were affected.
Hearthstone is Blizzard’s free digital card game set in the Warcraft universe. It was released on PC and Mac in March 2014, with a mobile version following later that same year. For a while, Hearthstone was one of the most popular video games in the world, but now, almost a decade after its release, games like Overwatch 2, World of Warcraft and Diablo 4 are considered Blizzard’s focus.
The PC version of Hearthstone remains exclusive to Blizzard’s Battle.net platform, but could eventually appear on Steam after Blizzard recently announced plans to release a handful of its games on Valve’s platform, starting with Overwatch 2.
Activision Blizzard is the subject of an impending $69 billion takeover by Microsoft after the UK gave it approval.
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