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Layoffs at Activision affect around 30 staff

Call of Duty developer Treyarch among those affected

Activision has confirmed staff cuts affecting around 30 employees as the firm "aligns costs with revenues" in a year with fewer licensed games expected.

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Staff at Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 developer Treyarch are among those affected, along with parts of the company that deal with licensed games.

An Activision rep said in a statement to Kotaku, "Like any successful business, Activision Publishing consistently works to align its costs with its revenues-this is an ongoing process. In 2013, we expect to release fewer games based on license properties and as a result are realigning our structure to better reflect the market opportunities and our slate."

They added, "Approximately, 30 full-time employees have been impacted globally, which represents approximately one half of one percent of Activision Blizzard's employee population. We are offering those employees who are impacted outplacement counseling services."

Regarding Treyarch cuts, the rep said, "Now that we have launched Black Op II, we are taking a minimal reduction in staff to better align our development talent against the needs of DLC development. The release of the DLC will not be impacted by this move."

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